Soybean hulls are a by-product of soybean processing and are an excellent supplemental feed for dairy cattle. Because they are low in lignin, the cellulose is highly digestible in the rumen, and fermentation rates are rapid.
Is soybean hulls good for cattle?
Soybean hulls have been found to be equal to corn for rate and efficiency of gain when fed as a creep supplement to steer calves. However there are limits to soybean hulls being equal to corn. Feedlot steers fed corn or soybean hulls as the primary dietary energy source, had similar intakes and daily gains.
What does soy do to cows?
Soybeans that have not been heat-treated can be incorporated successfully into dairy cattle rations. They provide a source of degradable and soluble protein as well as energy in the form of fat. The suggested feeding level is 10 percent of the total ration dry matter.
What is the difference between soybean and soybean hulls?
Soybean hulls are actually the skin of the soybean, which comes off during processing. These soyhulls are quite small in size and are not very dense. Therefore, many soyhulls are pelleted to increase ease of handling and bulk density.