Rayner Reckons

Jun 17

Some Tips for Feeding White Cottonseed to your cows

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013

In the last few weeks I've had quite a few people asking me about using White Cottonseed in their supplementary feeding programs.  


White Cottonseed is a great feed, and I reckon is one of the more versatile options for graziers undertaking a feeding program.  White Cottonseed is rumen friendly, which means it doesn't require introductory feeding or building up an amount each day.  White Cottonseed has good energy levels, around 13 MJ/ME and good protein levels, generally around 20% CP.  


This means White Cottonseed can help your cattle utilise poor quality pasture more efficiently, and it adds some extra energy into their daily intake.

White CottonseedBecause White Cottonseed is fluffy, the grains cling to each other.  The practical upshot of this, is you can't store it in a silo or feed it through a self feeder.  


You can feed it in dumps straight onto the ground, or in troughs.  Ideally you would feed it every second day.

The daily rate for feeding White Cottonseed shouldn't exceed more than 30% of the animals daily intake.


Its also important to know White Cottonseed needs a functioning rumen to be properly digested.   This means DON'T feed it to calves under 150kg live weight; to horses or to pigs.


The NSW DPI has really useful fact sheet on feeding White Cottonseed to cattle,  It has the recommendations and amounts for all classes of stock.

http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/96008/white-cottonseed-a-supplementary-feed.pdf


Don't forget if you do want some advice on White Cottonseed or supplementary feeding I'd be happy to have a chat with you.

May 30

Welcome to Rayner Ag

Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013

I’m Al Rayner.  Welcome to my new blog.  

I am really excited about launching my web page and to start a blog.   I’m planning on sharing plenty of ideas and stories which I reckon might be helpful to your business, or at least to help you keep in touch with what’s happening in agriculture at the moment.

For the past 17 years I was working as a Beef Cattle Officer with NSW DPI.  It was a great career and I enjoyed working with a lot of interesting and inspiring people.  I worked most closely with farmers, but I also had plenty of opportunities to work with people in industry positions, researchers, and even schools.  

I’m now running my own company RaynerAg.  So what do I do? 

If there’s one thing I love doing, its working with the people who grow our food and fibre.  I love being able to share ideas and work on new ways to be more efficient, more sustainable and more profitable.

I’ve been thinking about the season a lot this week.  While there are some predictions for rain on the way, I don’t reckon it will change pasture conditions too much in the short term.  So, if you’re not thinking about some strategies for managing your calving cows next month, I reckon you need to get onto that straight away. 

If you do need to start feeding, you really want to work out how much feed you’ll need and more importantly, how much it will cost.  Planning now will help you manage calving a lot better and keep your cows close to condition for joining in spring.

Make sure you do get some advice about feeding and management strategies.  Not all the things you hear about feeding are always exactly right.  You don’t want to listen to the wrong thing and waste a lot of money on products you don’t need or are not really the right options for your cows and pasture conditions.


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