Dan’s Cow – Calf Corner Cotton Stalk Residue as a Winter Feed Resource

Paul Beck, Oklahoma State University State Extension Beef Nutrition Specialist — Cotton gin trash is often used to replace hay fed to pregnant beef cows during the winter or as a roughage in growing and finishing cattle diets. Ginning each bale of cotton produces 150 to 200 pounds of gin trash. The gin trash consists of leaves, soil, stems, boles, burrs, lint, and cottonseed and averages 12% crude protein and 43% total digestible nutrients, which makes it adequate in protein but deficient in energy for a dry pregnant cow. Research has shown cows can maintain weight and body condition with…

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