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Re: Pelletted Cotton seed hulls versus regular
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2009, 12:36:43 PM »
I like the pelleted hulls much better.  They work the exact same for the cattle, at least on my cattle it has.  Plus, the big bonus is that the pelleted takes up much less room in the grinder and the food bin.  We can get 2 tons of feed in our bin when we use the pelleted, versus a little less than 3000 pounds when we use the hulls that aren't pelleted

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Re: Pelletted Cotton seed hulls versus regular
« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2009, 07:55:59 PM »
I like the pelleted hulls much better.  They work the exact same for the cattle, at least on my cattle it has.  Plus, the big bonus is that the pelleted takes up much less room in the grinder and the food bin.  We can get 2 tons of feed in our bin when we use the pelleted, versus a little less than 3000 pounds when we use the hulls that aren't pelleted

Fits in the cow the same way. That's why pelleted cottonseed hulls are useless in a show calf ration. Not good for anything other than bulk and if they have no bulk they have no use.

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Re: Pelletted Cotton seed hulls versus regular
« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2009, 09:08:36 AM »
Gonewest, I actually agree with you.  Yes, whole fuzzy cotten seed does have a drawback when fed to bulls as far as fertility.  The reason why I use cotten seed hulls, and not whle fuzzy is for the bulk and to help get rid of many of the fines that accur when your pellets get beat around in the mixer, you loose mineral and soybean meal from most pellets to fines.  The cotten seed hulls when mixed with more molasses get those fines to attatch to the hulls.  The cattle will not leave a bunch in the bottom of a feed pan.  It does add some fill, where pelleted hulls add next to none, and they are just another pellet to get smashed around in a mixer and create fines that your cattle won't eat.  Pelleted hulls serve no purpose in my feed rations, I can get anything I need from them in a cheaper more afficient way.  Hulls are the only way to go. 
Mills don't like mixing with the hulls because it clogs up EVERYTHING.  I have experience first hand with feed mills that just can't handle it.  Those that can are just a step above everyone else when it comes to show feed.

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Re: Pelletted Cotton seed hulls versus regular
« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2009, 09:51:13 AM »
Our show feeds are mixed by hand and we add beet pulp and cottonseed hulls on our heifers we are trying to hold, you really don't need either for calves you are trying to grow

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Re: Pelletted Cotton seed hulls versus regular
« Reply #19 on: October 19, 2009, 08:26:24 AM »
I disagree on the hull pellets being useless.  If you get them wet they swell like crazy.  So once they go in the stomach they will fill just like the hulls do

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Re: Pelletted Cotton seed hulls versus regular
« Reply #20 on: October 19, 2009, 01:41:50 PM »
Only useless in terms of efficiency.  I can do it better and in a more efficient way.  They do swell up, but to what...moosh?  For what I want to get out of the hulls I just can't get that out of the pellets. 

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Re: Pelletted Cotton seed hulls versus regular
« Reply #21 on: October 19, 2009, 01:50:53 PM »
Jill I would say hulls and pulp do have a place in a grower to promote spring of rib. Also a pound or two of hulls a day definitely adds a safety factor in the ration.

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Re: Pelletted Cotton seed hulls versus regular
« Reply #22 on: October 19, 2009, 05:28:29 PM »
We have pelleted hulls in our grower rations and they are on free choice hay, we don't add any beet pulp or cottonseed until they are right at the year point and being shown heavy, I want them eating as much as I can push in them and while those make great fillers, they limit the amount of feed intake.

 

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