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Western Washington

Washington Sample Rations
 
100 lbs./Milk
Corn Silage
23.3 lbs.
23% CP Alfalfa
15.8 lbs.
1:1 Barley/Corn
14.2 lbs.
Wheat Midds
10.9 lbs.
Whole Cottonseed
6.5 lbs.
48% Soybean Meal
3.9 lbs.
Vitamin/Mineral Mix 


Western Washington producers generally pay more for feed while receiving lower milk prices. Yet they manage to keep their production levels higher than most other parts of the country. They also take advantage of Canadian feeds and ship in cottonseed from as far away as Arkansas. Whole cottonseed used in conjunction with homegrown feeds or purchased feeds helps Pacific Northwesterners keep their rolling herd averages well above the national average. Cottonseed, because of its high nutrient density, becomes a more economical feed to ship than some of the other dairy staples.


California Sample Rations
 
100 lbs./Milk
80 lbs./Milk
60 lbs./Milk
23% CP Haylage
33.0 lbs.
23.6 lbs.
24.0 lbs.
1:1 Barley/Corn Mix
15.0 lbs.
11.8 lbs.
9.7 lbs
Dried Citrus Pulp
10.0 lbs.
10.0 lbs.
10.0 lbs.
Cottonseed
8.0 lbs.
8.0 lbs.
8.0 lbs.
48% Soybean Meal
7.6 lbs.
6.3 lbs.
3.5 lbs.
Vitamin/Mineral Mix
 
 
 

Central California

Whole cottonseed is well positioned in the California market and is priced favorably to other feedstuffs. Of all the feeds offered in these comparative rations, whole cottonseed is one of only two feeds that remain at maximum usage across all three production strings.

Southeastern Wisconsin

Wisconsin Sample Rations
 
100 lbs./Milk
75 lbs./Milk
Haylage
35.5 lbs.
12.3 lbs.
Corn Silage
32.3 lbs.
57.0 lbs.
Rolled Corn
14.5 lbs.
7.3 lbs.
44% Soybean Meal
10.5 lbs.
11.0 lbs.
Whole Cottonseed
3.3 lbs.
0.0 lbs.
Vitamin/Mineral Mix
 
 


In the heart of dairyland, where most producers grow a large share of their feed, imported feeds still play a critical role. Whole cottonseed, because of its unique nutrient profile, is cost competitive and nutritionally effective for high-producing cows. At lower-production levels, cottonseed has a more difficult time competing with on-farm feeds.


New York Sample Rations
 
100 lbs./Milk
23% CP Haylage
32.0 lbs.
Hominy
15.0 lbs.
Corn Silage
14.5 lbs.
48% Soybean Meal
9.5 lbs.
Cottonseed
8.0 lbs.
Vitamin/Mineral Mix 

Western New York

Cottonseed proves both cost-effective and nutritionally effective for high-production strings in New York. Balancing for 100 pounds of daily milk at maximum dry matter intake levels, gives all energy sources an even chance. Still, cottonseed is the best choice for high-energy rations in New York. Supporting high levels of production can be accomplished using either cottonseed or another high-energy source.


Central Floria

Florida Sample Rations
 
75 lbs./Milk
Hominy
15.0 lbs.
Citrus Pulp
10.0 lbs.
Cottonseed
8.0 lbs.
Bermuda Grass
7.0 lbs.
48% Soybean Meal
3.8 lbs.
Cottonseed Meal
1.4 lbs.
Vitamin/Mineral Mix 


Dairying in Florida, a forage deficit state, can be a real challenge. High feed costs, especially for premium-quality alfalfa, and hot humid summers, cut into profits. Despite those hardships, Floridians have two advantages: lower whole cottonseed prices and higher milk prices. Even for lower-producing strings in the heat of summer when feed intakes are low, cottonseed in Florida is a good low-cost ingredient because it provides an array of nutrients, such as fiber, energy, and protein. Cottonseed meal is also priced right in the South; however, special attention should be paid to gossypol levels when cottonseed is fed in conjunction with cottonseed meal or cottonseed hulls.

 

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