White cottonseed- a supplementary cattle feed

NSW DPI - Todd Andrews

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Knowledge level: Introductory

Farm Table says:

Find out the facts about white cottonseed and using it as a supplementary feed for beef cattle. I was surprised to know that white cottonseed can cause infertility in bulls over time.

This fact sheet provides handy information on white cottonseed as a supplementary feed for beef cattle.

The items covered in this article were:

• About cottonseed

• Residues and toxicity

• Feeding cottonseed as a supplementary feed

Key points were as follows:

• Cottonseed is generally purchased from cotton gins after the ginning process and is the actual seed along with some residue cotton remaining. Cottonseed is a good source of supplementary feed as it is high in fibre, protein, and energy.

• Cottonseed should not be fed to pigs, horses, poultry or weaned calves under the age of 3 months. You should also avoid feeding cottonseed to bulls as it has the possibility to cause infertility over time.

• Request a Commodity Vendor Declaration (CVD) every time you purchase cottonseed due to the possibility of chemical residue remaining on the seed.

• Cottonseed can be fed alone as a supplementary feed or in a mix of other supplementary feeds.

2016 - Australia - NSW DPI - Todd Andrews
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