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Old 02-25-2020, 01:38 PM   #1
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I was mentioning this to a buddy about how I wanted to start feeding year round and he said heíd heard that it is not good to feed year round due to possibly sterilization of the bucks due to the high concentration of protein. He said thatís why some ranches stop feeding around sept to give the bucks a chance to get it out of there system before breeding season.

Did speak to a rancher in south tx that said he doesnít advise giving cottonseed year round due to sterilizing the bucks due to the high protein concentration.

Never heard of this and I myself donít know enough about it.

What does the experienced green screen say?
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Old 02-25-2020, 02:02 PM   #2
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Default Feeding protein year round



In pen deer/cattle cottonseed can make them sterile because of a compound in the oil that contains estrogen, not protein. For normal wild Deer, they will rarely eat enough to make themselves sterile.

I do know for a fact people associated with protein feeds are spinning the message that cottonseed will wreck deer herds.

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Old 02-25-2020, 08:00 PM   #3
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No issues with feeding protein year round.
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Old 02-25-2020, 08:02 PM   #4
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Feed protein year round here via timed protein feeders.



Your buddy got some **** mixed up.
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Old 02-25-2020, 08:52 PM   #5
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Highly recommend feeding all year round free choice

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Old 02-25-2020, 08:59 PM   #6
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I thought I’ve heard every excuse to simply justify not wanting to spend the money year around.... but this is a new one lol.

Feed as much and often as you can afford or until the deer are no longer emptying the feeders. Cottonseed is a great supplemental source of protein that we feed side by side with our protein pellets free choice. We’ve found that it helps offset some of the cost as it is cheaper than pellets and provides another option for the deer to chose from. We only stop feeding cottonseed when we can’t get it from the gins and they have it all contracted up.
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Old 02-25-2020, 10:07 PM   #7
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Well crap, I have been feeding protein Year round and have only had a 100% fawn crop. I guess I would have a better fawn crop if I quit feeding in August.
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Old 02-25-2020, 10:10 PM   #8
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BTW, the gin in Wall is pretty much contracted out, or so they told me when I picked up a load today.
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Old 02-26-2020, 03:51 PM   #9
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It was hard for me to believe when my buddy was telling me but I could definitely see giving cotton seed year round to a penned deer could potentially be sterile for them but not so much for wild deer.
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Old 02-26-2020, 05:08 PM   #10
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It was hard for me to believe when my buddy was telling me but I could definitely see giving cotton seed year round to a penned deer could potentially be sterile for them but not so much for wild deer.
no worries - that myth has been floating around - others have asked the exact same question many times so it is a legit concern if you hear something like that. We have fed CS for 7-8 years and our herd is as healthy as you will find
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Old 02-26-2020, 10:54 PM   #11
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Iím going to try cotton seed for the first tome this year.


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Old 02-26-2020, 11:10 PM   #12
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I would suggest a. Three year commitment. If you don’t see fruit then quit but I think you would see fruit
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Old 02-27-2020, 12:17 AM   #13
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My deer are just now getting back on to protein since they came off of it late September. I will not have protein out during the season next year.
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Old 02-27-2020, 12:36 AM   #14
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My deer are just now getting back on to protein since they came off of it late September. I will not have protein out during the season next year.
Due to making hunting more difficult or other reasons?
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Old 02-27-2020, 04:59 PM   #15
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How do you dispense cottonseed?

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Old 03-06-2020, 11:23 AM   #16
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What's the best way to buy and move cottonseed? does it come in bags?
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Old 03-06-2020, 11:28 AM   #17
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Due to making hunting more difficult or other reasons?
Knowing him and how his season went I say lack of activity at the Protein. My deer didnít touch it during season for 2 years. They now hit it more than before however itís nowhere near the amount of consumption as summertime. If they donít touch it for 3-4 months then why feed it? I believe that is Sleepyís reasoning.
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Old 03-06-2020, 12:07 PM   #18
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How do you dispense cottonseed?

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Like this but fill her up.
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Old 03-06-2020, 12:10 PM   #19
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anyone know where to buy it near flatonia?
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Old 03-06-2020, 01:20 PM   #20
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anyone know where to buy it near flatonia?
Call cotton gins and ask for availability.
Some gins wont fill supersacks, some will.
The big sacks will hold about 1000 lbs.

Cottonseed is a PIA, and is labor intensive. But is will sure fatten them up!
I wouldn't mess with it if i didn't feed it to my cows also.

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Old 03-06-2020, 02:14 PM   #21
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How do you dispense cottonseed?

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Like this :





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Old 03-06-2020, 05:13 PM   #22
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yep serious work - no fun putting cottonseed out
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Old 03-07-2020, 09:30 AM   #23
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Cotton seed has

Gossypol is a natural phenol derived from the cotton plant (genus Gossypium). Gossypol is a phenolic aldehyde that permeates cells and acts as an inhibitor for several dehydrogenase enzymes. It is a yellow pigment.

This is what affects fertility in deer but they have to consume an in godly amount to have affects. In a natural setting deer self limit on cotton seed consumption, so no worries on it affecting fertility.
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Old 03-07-2020, 09:35 AM   #24
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Iím going to try cotton seed for the first tome this year.


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Me too if I can find some within a decent distance from Victoria to buy in bulk. I think I could haul a bunch on my dump trailer with the side extensions on


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