Peanuts are an excellent source of protein and nutrients, particularly vitamin E. Not only do peanuts have nutritional value for people, cattle can also benefit from eating peanuts. Although humans tend to favor peanuts as a snack such as in party mix, in butter form on a sandwich or as an ingredient in desserts, peanuts take a more practical approach on the farm. Used as a feed, cattle can be fed raw peanuts, whole peanut hulls or peanut skins.
Feed raw peanuts to cattle in gradual amounts. Place in a trough as you would other cattle feed. Allow up to four pounds per day for a fully grown cow.
Feed peanut skins to cattle. Freeze shelled raw peanuts overnight or blanch by placing in boiling water for three minutes. Remove skins from the peanut kernels by hand. Allow the peanut skins to account for only 15 percent of the cow's total diet.
Feed whole peanut hulls to cattle. Use hulls as a source of roughage in a cow's diet, particularly during times of drought. Allow hulls to be up to 55 percent of a cow's food source.
- Alabama Cooperative Extension System: By-Product Feeds for Alabama Beef Cattle: Peanuts
- TheBeefSite.com: Alternative Feedstuffs for Beef Cattle Operations – Part II: Peanut Products
- University of Florida IFAS Extension: Cull Whole Peanuts as a Feed Supplement for Beef Cows
- Nutrition-And-You.com: Peanuts Nutrition Facts
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