About Whole Cottonseed
A valuable by-product of cotton, whole cottonseed makes its journey from the Cotton Belt to the dairies across the United States. Whole cottonseed is an excellent feed ingredient for cattle, especially lactating cows. The high level of energy (fat), protein, and effective fiber in whole cottonseed has the potential to increase milk production and butterfat when added to the ration.
An Energy & Protein Source
The seed’s kernel is the source of its energy and protein. Its fiber is found in the short, white, hair-like strands, called linters, that remain on each seed following ginning.
These tiny linters are the reason whole cottonseed is often referred to as “fuzzy.” This fuzz is not residual cotton lint, but rather cellulose, a highly effective source of fiber.