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Old 06-06-2022, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default Cotton seed heads upÖ.

They just brought the first load of feed for the week to dairy and they had to eliminate the whole cotton seed from ratioÖÖ cause they ainít got anyÖ and so far canít get any

So before yíall drive across state to pick up cotton seed you better check availability. Lord knows what price is if you find it.
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Old 06-06-2022, 11:09 AM   #2
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Got 10 tons being delivered tomorrow... It ain't cheap, but it is available... So far... We'll see what the next load come late July looks like...
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Old 06-06-2022, 11:29 AM   #3
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I’ve found it in bags pretty easy here lately. It’s high 16$ a 50. But it’s there if you want it.
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Old 06-06-2022, 04:31 PM   #4
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Iíve found it in bags pretty easy here lately. Itís high 16$ a 50. But itís there if you want it.


Thatís crazy expensive! You may want to look into buying it in bulk unless you have money to burn. $16 a bag would come out to $640 a ton.
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Old 06-07-2022, 08:41 AM   #5
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Iíve found it in bags pretty easy here lately. Itís high 16$ a 50. But itís there if you want it.
are you sure it's 50lb and not 40lb bags?

that's insanely expensive either way. the point of cottonseed was that it was a less expensive feed. paying protein prices for something that doesn't have all the elements of protein feed is just crazy.
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Old 06-07-2022, 08:54 AM   #6
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At $16 a bag, you might as well buy the fortified stuff for $17. Muy Grande is up to $255 a tote from $240 from the last time I was there.
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Old 06-07-2022, 08:57 AM   #7
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Ours was delivered yesterday a little early... got folks fillin' feeders now... Deer are cheerin'!!
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Old 06-07-2022, 12:42 PM   #8
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are you sure it's 50lb and not 40lb bags?

that's insanely expensive either way. the point of cottonseed was that it was a less expensive feed. paying protein prices for something that doesn't have all the elements of protein feed is just crazy.
I use the bags as more of a means to an end, its convenient and easy to pick up a few bags on the way out there and put out on the ground or in a cage and the hogs don't touch it at my place.

Yeah it's expensive and I'd love to buy bulk but it's serving it's purpose till I can save enough up to either make a bulk purchase or buy some substantial protein feeders Plus its a good way to introduce deer to cottonseed before buying a ton of it.
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Old 06-07-2022, 02:27 PM   #9
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I use the bags as more of a means to an end, its convenient and easy to pick up a few bags on the way out there and put out on the ground or in a cage and the hogs don't touch it at my place.

Yeah it's expensive and I'd love to buy bulk but it's serving it's purpose till I can save enough up to either make a bulk purchase or buy some substantial protein feeders Plus its a good way to introduce deer to cottonseed before buying a ton of it.

Yep I can understand that. It took the deer on my place months to start eating it, but once they did..
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Old 06-07-2022, 02:51 PM   #10
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I bought a load for $300 ton in December which usually last me thru the fall.
Had another load delivered yesterday at $455 ton. Yikes
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Old 06-07-2022, 05:34 PM   #11
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I bought a load for $300 ton in December which usually last me thru the fall.
Had another load delivered yesterday at $455 ton. Yikes
$455/ton delivered sounds pretty dang fair right now with fuel/product prices where theyíre at.
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Old 06-07-2022, 05:58 PM   #12
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$455/ton delivered sounds pretty dang fair right now with fuel/product prices where theyíre at.
That did not include delivery.
Used a local fellow I knew to pick it up & deliver to me for $300
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Old 06-07-2022, 06:21 PM   #13
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Might get some relief when they start ginning this year's cotton. Might is the key word.
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Old 06-07-2022, 10:15 PM   #14
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That did not include delivery.
Used a local fellow I knew to pick it up & deliver to me for $300
How many tons did you get for a $300 delivery?
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Old 06-08-2022, 01:55 PM   #15
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Might get some relief when they start ginning this year's cotton. Might is the key word.
Cotton doesn't look to healthy where I have been up and down 77.

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Old 06-08-2022, 02:29 PM   #16
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Cotton doesn't look to healthy where I have been up and down 77.

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Nothing looks too good down there. Corn is stunted and milo is thin. Cotton needs rain for sure.
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Old 07-12-2022, 10:43 AM   #17
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Headed to Fredericksburg today.........anywhere along the way have cottonseed in stock??? Westside of Austin would be ideal but will buy closer to Houston if that is my only choice. Need 1 or 2 pallets!
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Old 07-12-2022, 10:55 AM   #18
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Headed to Fredericksburg today.........anywhere along the way have cottonseed in stock??? Westside of Austin would be ideal but will buy closer to Houston if that is my only choice. Need 1 or 2 pallets!
You check LC in Stonewall ?
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Old 07-12-2022, 11:04 AM   #19
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Cotton doesn't look to healthy where I have been up and down 77.

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Or west in the Robtown, Banquete and Agua Dulce area. Most of the milo and corn fields Iíve seen are being stripped out and the the rest plowed over. Should be good for dove and early goose seasons. Cotton is half the size it should be and sparse at best.
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Old 07-12-2022, 11:23 AM   #20
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You check LC in Stonewall ?
The landowner did.......nada! We have never tried it but need something.
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Old 07-12-2022, 01:51 PM   #21
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Oscar, buying it in bags is VERY inefficient and expensive! You can get Double Down / 50# bags for less money...
Might check the gins around and see if they can sell you a super sack or two... More cottonseed and cheaper / pound that bagged...
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Old 07-13-2022, 12:34 AM   #22
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Anyone have any suggestions on a place between Victoria and Benavides to pick up the 1000# super bags? I know of a Gin outside Sinton but they close at 4pm I think and not open on Saturdays.

Bought a 1000# bag for $275 at a feed store outside Benavides back in April. Filled 6 feeders and expected it to last about 8 weeks. Nope, it was all gone in 6 weeks. Went back to the same feed store and paid $315 OUCH!! I've known this family for close to 30 years and they are good people but dang that's a bit of a jump.

On our place water seems to be the key. On the spots that had water troughs the deer attacked the cottonseed. The one spot without water they still ate but at a much slower pace. I don't see anything but deer eating the cottonseed. Coons, hog and even javalina dont touch it.... so far.
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Old 07-13-2022, 02:21 AM   #23
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Muy grande and Freer Feed Store carries them.
I asked the cost the other day at Muy Grande and it was $325+/-
Also check with the Co-op in Orange Grove or The Post Outfitters also in OG.

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Old 07-13-2022, 07:01 AM   #24
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Anyone have any suggestions on a place between Victoria and Benavides to pick up the 1000# super bags? I know of a Gin outside Sinton but they close at 4pm I think and not open on Saturdays.

Bought a 1000# bag for $275 at a feed store outside Benavides back in April. Filled 6 feeders and expected it to last about 8 weeks. Nope, it was all gone in 6 weeks. Went back to the same feed store and paid $315 OUCH!! I've known this family for close to 30 years and they are good people but dang that's a bit of a jump.

On our place water seems to be the key. On the spots that had water troughs the deer attacked the cottonseed. The one spot without water they still ate but at a much slower pace. I don't see anything but deer eating the cottonseed. Coons, hog and even javalina dont touch it.... so far.
Dangit....8 weeks?
Our basket feeders will get emptied in less than 5 days on average. They are 49" wire, +/- 24" diameter.
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Old 07-13-2022, 02:30 PM   #25
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Muy grande and Freer Feed Store carries them.
I asked the cost the other day at Muy Grande and it was $325+/-
Also check with the Co-op in Orange Grove or The Post Outfitters also in OG.

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Orange Grove, gezz, drive through there every trip and never thought about calling them! Thanks.
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Old 07-13-2022, 03:35 PM   #26
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Orange Grove, gezz, drive through there every trip and never thought about calling them! Thanks.
I've been getting it from The Post (east of "town" on 624 a few miles). But they don't have any right now.
Don't know status of co-op, but worth a call

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Old 07-13-2022, 06:38 PM   #27
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La Grange Farm & Ranch has whole cottonseed in 40lb sacks for $14.75

They had a couple of pallets on hand today
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Old 07-14-2022, 05:51 PM   #28
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Oscar, buying it in bags is VERY inefficient and expensive! You can get Double Down / 50# bags for less money...
Might check the gins around and see if they can sell you a super sack or two... More cottonseed and cheaper / pound that bagged...
Our very own TBHer got me covered. KarlUltramatic had it in stock in Waller. I got 10 bags at 40lbs each. He wanted me to try it first as some deer wont touch it as noted by others. Karl wanted me to get 2 or 3 bags, but I told him to give me 10 so we could do a good sample size around the ranch.
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Old 07-14-2022, 05:59 PM   #29
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I have 160 acres of it on the stalks my deer like it right out of the field
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Old 07-15-2022, 03:15 PM   #30
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Not sure who else might be looking for the 1000# bags but I found a few places that have them. All these places are south so might not be too helpful to those out west.

Hartendorf Gin outside Sinton told me they had a bunch @ 230 per bag
The Co-Op in Orange Grove told me that stopped carrying them. Too hard to find.
Coastal Plains Gin outside Mathis had 1 @ 220 which I bought. He is trying to get more but it's hard to find with the drought.
Brick's Hardware in Benavedis has some at 280 per bag.

The take away I got from all the places I called is that buik cottonseed is getting hard to find and with the drought it will only get worse. Several places told me that their local farmers are plowing under their cotton crops because they are all dying in the field.
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Old 07-27-2022, 02:32 PM   #31
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They are picking in the Taft/Gregory area and the gin is ginning. Just drove thru there
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Old 07-27-2022, 05:16 PM   #32
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Easy question I'm sure, but will hungry cows eat cotton seed, or do I need to pen out the feed?
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Old 07-27-2022, 05:21 PM   #33
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Easy question I'm sure, but will hungry cows eat cotton seed, or do I need to pen out the feed?

Cows that arenít hungry will eat it


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Old 07-27-2022, 05:32 PM   #34
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Easy question I'm sure, but will hungry cows eat cotton seed, or do I need to pen out the feed?
Protect it via pins. Iíve twice had well fed cows devour over 500 lbs in 15-2O minutes. Once w/o a pin, again with an insufficient pin that was pushed over.
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Easy question I'm sure, but will hungry cows eat cotton seed, or do I need to pen out the feed?
Better build the fence well. Hungry cows will do what it takes to get it. We had he11 keeping them out.
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Old 07-27-2022, 10:54 PM   #36
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Yes. We feed wcs to our cattle through the winter or droughts. They love it.

Cottonseed is used in most cattle feeds for the high protein and fat.

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Old 08-22-2022, 09:35 AM   #37
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Just got some from Cape and Son for $460 / ton.
It’s high but they haven’t had any trouble getting it.
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Old 08-22-2022, 10:28 AM   #38
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Just got some from Cape and Son for $460 / ton.
Itís high but they havenít had any trouble getting it.
Absolute craziness!
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Old 08-22-2022, 10:28 AM   #39
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Easy question I'm sure, but will hungry cows eat cotton seed, or do I need to pen out the feed?
Put 700# out at my buddys stand in mexico one day with 3' panel and 2 barb wire strands pulled tight above it with tight wire at 48"... They were over the fence and ate all 700# by the next morning
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