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Old 12-31-2018, 09:05 AM   #1
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What time of year is t recommended to start and stop feeding it? Going to feed it along with 20% pellets this year. I know that deer will only eat so much of the pellets without having water close by; due to the protein getting hot in their stomach. Is this the case for Cotton Seen as well? I've heard that you can't feed it year round. Is this true, or will it make bucks sterile during certain times of the year?
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Old 12-31-2018, 09:12 AM   #2
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We start in January and go till about the end of August.
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Old 12-31-2018, 09:15 AM   #3
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Dumped 5 tons in the middle of the lease last weekend, will spread out throughout the lease until all gone.
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Old 12-31-2018, 09:22 AM   #4
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In for thoughts. I was under the impression that once you started you wanted to feed year round because some enzyme the deer build up to digest it. Maybe that was just guy at the feed stores opinion.
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Old 12-31-2018, 09:28 AM   #5
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We start in March and feed it like 3 to 4 months
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Old 12-31-2018, 09:41 AM   #6
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January to the end of August. Deer need water nearby for cottonseed as well as protein pellets.

Cottonseed is a source of protein, fat, and fiber, all by itself.
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:27 AM   #7
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January to the end of August. Deer need water nearby for cottonseed as well as protein pellets.

Cottonseed is a source of protein, fat, and fiber, all by itself.



This.....


And it is a little pricey this year compared to past....
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Old 12-31-2018, 11:39 AM   #8
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This.....


And it is a little pricey this year compared to past....
What price have you been quoted out your way?

I will be calling the gin down south next week for prices...
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Old 12-31-2018, 11:43 AM   #9
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What price have you been quoted out your way?

I will be calling the gin down south next week for prices...

$240 per ton. Highest I've seen it
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Old 12-31-2018, 11:56 AM   #10
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$240 per ton. Highest I've seen it



same and a much shorter ginning season this year due to all the flooding so it will be gone quick.
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Old 12-31-2018, 11:59 AM   #11
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$240 is at Wall Co-op

$225 at Miles Co-op
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:05 PM   #12
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Yíall might check at the Saint Lawrence Coop. Might be cheaper. Itís a much bigger gin.
Edit: itís the Glasscock County Coop, south of Garden City.
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:26 PM   #13
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I’ve never fed cottonseed, but I’m thinking of starting. I just called Winter Garden Co-op in Batesville and they’re selling it for $200 per ton right now. Does anyone’s know where I can buy the big sacks to haul the cottonseed? Also, I’ll need to build some feeders. Does anybody have any photos of your feeders?
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:36 PM   #14
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Yíall might check at the Saint Lawrence Coop. Might be cheaper. Itís a much bigger gin.
Edit: itís the Glasscock County Coop, south of Garden City.
$250/ton is what Iíve been paying there.
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:48 PM   #15
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$250/ton is what Iíve been paying there.
You from that area?
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Old 12-31-2018, 01:19 PM   #16
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Anyone know of one near Comanche?
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Old 12-31-2018, 02:27 PM   #17
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2x4 welded wire works great for feeders. Place a t-post, and put the wire around it.


water tote cages work well also
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Old 12-31-2018, 02:53 PM   #18
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About how many pounds would you say that feeder will hold? I’m trying to figure out how much to get.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:16 PM   #19
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About how many pounds would you say that feeder will hold? Iím trying to figure out how much to get.
The one in the pic holds about 275 lbs. you can make them as big or as small as you need.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:27 PM   #20
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:33 PM   #21
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Will cows eat cotton seed?
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:35 PM   #22
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Yes they will


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Old 12-31-2018, 03:35 PM   #23
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Will cows eat cotton seed?

I haven't noticed them eating mine. Some may have different experiences. I have mine in a pen, and sometimes calves get in, but don't eat it. Coons don't eat it. That's a big plus!

I would build a pen if I were you if you have hogs or cows

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Old 12-31-2018, 03:43 PM   #24
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What time of year is t recommended to start and stop feeding it? Going to feed it along with 20% pellets this year. I know that deer will only eat so much of the pellets without having water close by; due to the protein getting hot in their stomach. Is this the case for Cotton Seen as well? I've heard that you can't feed it year round. Is this true, or will it make bucks sterile during certain times of the year?
I started feeding cottonseed for the first time last year along with the pelleted protein I always fed and it took the deer 5 months to figure out cottonseed was something they could eat. Once they figured it out, they hammered it.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:46 PM   #25
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2x4 welded wire works great for feeders. Place a t-post, and put the wire around it.


water tote cages work well also
Thank you, Iím going to make a few of these.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:48 PM   #26
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Based on how exposed the feeders are, Iím assuming it can be stored in an area that could get wet?

Does it eventually rot or go bad? Iím wondering how long we can use it if we run into the same problem that deerwatcher had the first 5 months.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:49 PM   #27
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Where in the Menard area sells it by the ton.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:49 PM   #28
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Based on how exposed the feeders are, I’m assuming it can be stored in an area that could get wet?

Does it eventually rot or go bad? I’m wondering how long we can use it if we run into the same problem that deerwatcher had the first 5 months.
It does not go bad. It can take any kind of weather.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:50 PM   #29
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We start in January and go till about the end of August.
Right here
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:53 PM   #30
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Yes, we tried to fence out 94 heifers and watched 10 tons vanish!

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Old 12-31-2018, 03:54 PM   #31
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Where in the Menard area sells it by the ton.


I think Wall is the closest to you
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Old 12-31-2018, 04:04 PM   #32
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Thanks folks! Anyone know of a place near Comanche that sells it by the ton?
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Old 12-31-2018, 04:07 PM   #33
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Quick google search, appears San Angelo area will be the nearest gin.

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Old 12-31-2018, 04:13 PM   #34
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Yeah I was hoping for something closer. Thanks though
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Old 12-31-2018, 05:09 PM   #35
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Gorman milling for anyone near Comanche
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Old 12-31-2018, 05:57 PM   #36
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You need to start feeding protein and cotton seed now. The deer are coming out of the rut worn down, does are pregnant and need the nutrition for maximum milk production.
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:18 PM   #37
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Good info here.
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:45 PM   #38
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Spoke to Mike Moore at Moore’s Ranch Feed west of Eldorado this afternoon. Prices have gone up significantly as it’s now $280 a ton.
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Old 12-31-2018, 09:30 PM   #39
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Bought 3 weeks ago in Panhandle for $205. Supply is going be issue this year, not much cotton crop this year.
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