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Feeding Whole Cottonseed to Dairy Cows and Replacements (SB 59)

Summary

Whole cottonseed is an excellent feed for dairy cattle due to its high level of fiber, protein and energy (fat) in a compact package. It can be fed just as it comes from the gin without processing or may be pelleted before feeding. Whole cottonseed can also be used to stretch limited forage supply. Dairymen should capitalize on this situation as much as possible. Some limiting factors to consider when feeding whole cottonseed are gossypol, high fat content, and the potential for aflatoxin.

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Status and Revision History
Published on Apr 18, 2007
Re-published on Feb 4, 2009
Reviewed on Mar 13, 2012
Expired on Aug 30, 2016