We all know that cotton is a valuable commodity worldwide. But its by-products, such as cottonseed meal, are also very valuable!
Cottonseed meal is a by-product of cotton used for animal feed because it is rich in oil and protein and also provides a unique combination of protein, energy and fiber compared to other foods.
Today, the use of cottonseed meal is increasing. It provides more organic matter to your soil, and the production of more than 14 million Pound per year is constantly renewable!
Cottonseed meal is one of the most widely available sources of plant protein in the tropics and subtropics. It is also one of the best options for animal feed due to its high availability, relatively low price, good protein content (26% – 54%, depending on processing methods) and amino acid characteristics.
Cotton seed meal, in terms of formulation, generally contains 7% nitrogen, 3% P2O5 and 2% K2O. Cottonseed meal provides nitrogen, potash, phosphorus, and other nutrients to plants over a period of time, eliminates runoff, and promotes the rapid growth of vegetables, ornamentals, and grasses.
Cotton seed meal fertilizer with high organic content aerates hard and dense soils and helps maintain moisture in light and sandy soils. Due to the slow propagation time, it promotes the production of healthy foliage, increases crop production and enhances the growth rate of abundant blooms.
How is cottonseed meal obtained?
When cotton grows, it produces bolls. These bolls are filled with delicate, soft material that grows on the seeds. If left in place, that soft cotton will act as a seed disperser.
Just as we use cotton fibers for our garments and fabrics, we certainly do not allow the seeds to be destroyed by the breeze. We harvest cotton, and by doing so, we have large quantities of cotton seed. Then we take oil from them and produce the resulting meal for animal feed. On the other hand, we use it to produce excellent fertilizer for plants.
One of the important benefits of cottonseed meal is its good taste for livestock and increase appetite for livestock. Also, the reasonable price and standard volume of protein in it, has made cottonseed meal a suitable option for use as animal feed.
On the other hand, the presence of fat in this animal feed increases milk production in lactating cows. Other important nutrients and minerals in cotton seed meal include crude fiber, calcium and phosphorus.
It should only be noted that due to the presence of the toxic substance gossypol in cotton seed meal, this feed should be consumed in combination with iron by livestock, because the combined iron can eliminate the effect of this toxic substance.
Global production of cottonseed meal in 2009 was about 14.7 million tons, of which 10.9 million tons were used for animal feed. Cottonseed meal is mainly used in the same countries where cotton oil is produced.
The top 5 producers of cottonseed meal are China, India, Pakistan, Brazil and the United States. These countries account for approximately 80% of world production and consume 75% of this production as animal feed.
Cottonseed meal is a by-product of oil extraction from cotton seeds. As a protein-rich feed, cottonseed meal is a common source of protein for ruminants, especially in cotton-producing regions such as India, China, and the United States, where it is used as a substitute for soybean meal.
Different methods are used to extract cottonseed oil, which results in different types of cottonseed meal being produced. Methods of extracting cotton seed meal include mechanical extraction, direct extraction process with solvent and finally extraction with solvent before pressing.
Cottonseed meal is prone to mold if it is too wet and dusty when it is very dry. Therefore, its humidity should be controlled and maintained between 5 and 11 percent. Its storage temperature should be between 5 and 25 degrees Celsius. In the tropics, the temperature of cottonseed meal may rise above 55 ° C and pose a high risk of ignition. The temperature should be controlled by tightly closing the storage space and injecting CO2 into the storage containers.
Sadr Novin Khorasan Trading with a 10-year history in the field of import and export and using the experiences of food experts, in every season of the year, brings cottonseed meal with the highest quality and the most appropriate price to you, dear buyers.
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