Cottonseed that handles like whole shelled corn? That's how Tom Wedegaertner, director of cottonseed research and marketing for Cotton, Inc. tells it. A new process developed by the cotton grower checkoff organization encapsulates cottonseed in a light coat of cornstarch, pasting down the lint and improving the seed's handling characteristics. The end product, dubbed EasiFlo, offers new opportunities for feed suppliers that have previously been unable to handle cottonseed.
Cottonseed has a blend of crude protein (23%), fat (20%) and crude fiber (24%) that makes it a nearly ideal ingredient in dairy feed formulations
Handling is the "biggest positive" of the EasiFlo product, says Jim Hanson, director of ingredient supply and merchandising
While Jim Hanson is upbeat about EasiFlo's benefits, he says there are still unanswered questions
It's going to be more of a high-end speciality product fed to high-producing dairy cows