organic cotton seed

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February 4, 2014
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Whole fuzzy cottonseed is the product left after ‘ginning” (removing) the long fibers from upland varieties of cotton. Two types of methods are used to harvest cotton. It can be picked from the plant or stripped from the plant. Picked cotton generally produces a less “trashy” cottonseed sample. The seed is covered in short fibers “linters” which are a readily digestible source of fiber (cellulose) for ruminants. Typically the amount of linters varies between 4 – 8% depending upon the ginning process. The seed itself contains high levels of both protein and oil. Cottonseed is an excellent product for inclusion in high producing dairy rations where nutritionists are seeking to increase the density of the diet.

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