A single batch of Lupinus angustifolius seed was processed to produce a seed meal and dehulled to produce a pure kernel meal. A series of blends were prepared from the seed and kernel meals. The digestible values of these pure and a series of blended meals were compared when fed to rainbow trout using the diet-substitution method (700 g kg(-1) reference: 300 g kg(-1) test ingredient). Improvements were observed for each of dry matter, energy and crude protein digestibilities with increasing dehulling efficiency. The relationship between dry matter digestibility and kernel meal proportion was linear and is described by the equation: y = 0.2147x + 40.929. Dry matter digestibility for the 100% kernel meal was 59.8%. The relationship between crude protein digestibility and kernel meal proportion was curvilinear and is described by the equation: y = -0.0019x(2) + 0.3948x + 81.9143. Crude protein digestibility for the 100% kernel meal was 102%. The relationship between energy digestibility and kernel meal proportion was linear and is described by the equation: y = 0.158x + 48.77. Energy digestibility for the 100% kernel meal was 65.1%. The findings of this study demonstrate that there are significant benefits from using kernel meals over seed meals.
Glencross, B., Hawkins, W., Veitch, C., Dods, K., Mccafferty, P., & Hauler, R. (2007). The influence of dehulling efficiency on the digestible value of lupin (Lupinus angustifolius) kernel meal when fed to rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Aquaculture Nutrition, 13(6), 462-470. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2095.2007.00499.x