Sesame meal (Sesamum indicum)

Sesame seed meal is a by-product of oil extraction. Compared to soybean meal, sesame seed meal is low in lysine, isoleucine, leucine, and valine. It is, however, a good source of the sulfur-containing amino acids, including methionine. There has been research indicating that sesame seed me


According to the research, sesame seed meal can constitute up to 10% to12% of an organic broiler diet, with no adverse effects on growth performance.

Sesame seed meal is not acceptable as a complete replacement for soybean meal in the diets of laying hens. Further research is required to determine the maximum level of sesame seed meal that can be included in laying diets without adversely affecting egg production, egg quality, and feed efficiency.

Sesame seed hulls are a by-product of the production of sesame cream. Sesame hulls are rich in methionine, cystine, and calcium and are a moderate source of protein. Sesame hulls should not constitute more than 8% of a broiler diet or 14% of a laying diet.

Common  name:  Sesame/ gingelly

Local  names:  Hindi:  Thil Marathi:  Til Tamil:  El

Sesame is mainly grown for oil production. The seeds are produced in capsules or pods that split open readily at maturity, so most of the harvesting is done by hand.

Nutritive value

TDN and CP contents of sesame meal are 70-75% and 40-50%, respectively. The composition of the sesame meal varies with the quality of the original seed and the method of processing. Good quality meal contains about 40-50% high grade protein especially rich in leucine, arginine and methionine but low in lysine. For ruminants the protein has degradability of 65-75% depending on the passage

rate of the rumen. Sesame meal is mildly laxative. Sesame  meal

Feeding large quantities to dairy cattle may lead to production of soft butter.