Whole Cottonseed has energy, protein and fiber in greater concentrations than many other feedstuffs. That’s why it’s recognized by dairy producers nationwide as a cost-effective premier feedstuff for lactating cows of high genetic merit. In fact, more than 50% of the annual supply of whole cottonseed is consumed by dairy cattle. Producers have found that whole cottonseed is ideal for mixing with less nutient-dense feed ingredients. The result is a competitively priced, balanced ration.
When cotton plants are harvested by a gin, more seed than cotton is produced
Dairy producers of all sizes are effectively using whole cottonseed (WCS), especially in the diet of the early-lactation cow
Whole cottonseed has high protein (23%), high energy in the form of fat (20%), and crude fiber (24%) on a dry matter basis
Adding WCS to the diet of early-lactation dairy cows usually increases total energy intake
Cotton is the leading cash crop in the United States and more than 50% of the WCS produced each year is sold specifically for livestock feed
The true economic value of WCS can only be established by its use in your individual dairy situation
Western Washington producers generally pay more for feed while receiving lower milk prices
When WCS is a particularly good buy, a reasonable question is: how much can one feed?
The bulk density of WCS averages about 22 lb./ft.3 and requires about 80 ft.3 of storage space per ton
Several feed suppliers have recognized the many benefits of feeding whole cottonseed
The NCPA is a national trade organization that represents cottonseed crushers, WCS merchandisers, dealers, brokers, chemists, and other allied interests
Whole Cottonseed (WCS) refers to fuzzy seed from upland varieties of cotton.