Whole Cotton Seed

Calculating its Value

Calculating the Value of Whole Cottonseed

The true economic value of whole cottonseed can only be established by measuring its effect on milk production and butterfat in your individual dairy.

The use of whole cottonseed often will increase milk production and milk fat test. The net effect on milk price, however, typically is positive. This means that the value of whole cottonseed is often more per ton than a least-cost computer formulation that ignores milk revenues.

Cotton Incorporated encourages producers to talk to their nutritionist about the value of cottonseed, and if using ration balancing software, to consider that the dollar value of any feed ingredient should reflect not only the nutrients it contains relative to the cost of nutrients in other available feedstuffs, but the benefits realized from feeding it.

Few other feed ingredients offer whole cottonseed’s unique combination of high protein, energy and fiber.

Cottonseed Dollar Value Formula

A simple relative dollar value of whole cottonseed can be obtained by using a substitution formula. Consider:
1.    Corn to represent the value of energy
2.    Soybean meal (44%) to represent the value of protein
3.    A good Coastal Bermuda grass hay (CBH) to represent the value of fiber.

Use the values in the following formula:

This value incorporates the contribution of fiber, which is crucial to the producing cow in the first trimester of lactation. During the last half of lactation, fiber usually is not a constant, and the value of fiber in the formula should be discounted by at least half.

The type, amount and quality of your homegrown forage must also be considered. One very important logistical advantage in using whole cottonseed is a reduced number of feed ingredients. The high nutritional quality of whole cottonseed often reduces the total number of other feedstuffs needed in the ration.

Thus, farmers require less ingredient storage and less management time spent with purchasing and inventory control.