Feeding Cottonseed Products to Livestock



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National Agricultural Library



THE FOLLOWING POINTS have been determined from experiments and practical feeding operations. They should be kept in mind and carefully followed in feeding cottonseed products to live stock:

(1) Do not feed cottonseed meal to young calves.

(2) Horses and pigs should be fed cottonseed products only in small quantities and then with great precaution.

(3) Procure prices on high-grade and low-grade cottonseed meal and choose the feed which supplies protein at the least cost.

(4) For feeding cattle:

(a) One pound of cottonseed meal is usually considered worth as much as 2 pounds of corn or its equivalent.

(b) Heavy rations of cottonseed meal should be discontinued after 100 to 120 days when dry roughage is fed, and after 150 days when succulent feeds are used.

(c) Cottonseed cake may be used profitably as a supplemental feed for fattening cattle on pasture.

(5) In sections where much corn, stover, fodder, timothy, or other carbohydrate feed is used it is extremely important that some feed like cottonseed meal be used.

(6) Cottonseed meal stimulates the appetites of fattening animals and causes them to consume more feed and likewise to make greater gains.

(7) Cottonseed meal is a very valuable protein feed for dairy cows. One pound of good-quality cottonseed meal is usually considered equal to 2 pounds of wheat bran for milk production.


Feeding Cottonseed Products to Livestock