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Copra Meal – What is it?
Produced from the Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera), Copra is the dried section of the meaty inner lining of the coconut fruit. Ripe coconuts are split and laid in the sun to dry, with flame drying also used in some instances to aid in reducing moisture down to the required 14 per cent prior to additional processing.
The principle process of extracting coconut oil from the meat is achieved within an ‘expeller’ press where the dried coconut flesh is subjected to pressurised steam and mechanical rollers to express the coconut oil. The resultant product is the copra expeller meal.
Copra meal is generally a light to dark brown colour being reflective of where the coconut trees are grown, climate, soil type and extraction method. The extraction method refers to either single or double expeller extraction, the later removing more of the coconut oil and therefore increasing the protein level as a percentage of the meal.
The aggregate is generally a fine meal, thus allowing the copra meal to readily travel through all feed dispensing systems.
Copra carries a pleasant odour which stock find highly acceptable, the aroma also has the benefits of being able to mask taints associated with anionic salts (i.e. magnesium products) which may be used during certain times of the year as part of a farm management policy.
Typically copra meal is sold for sale under the following specifications:
|ME:||12-14% (Mj ME/.kg Dry Matter)|
|DE:||15 (Mj ME /Kg DM)|
|Oil||8% (ether extracts)|
|Fibre||33% (Acid Detergent Fibre – ADF)|