Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects



Document Type



This study compared the effect of supplemental whole cottonseed in a weaned calf ration on cattle productivity. Feed is the main cost for livestock production. Whole cottonseed supplementation may increase production and reduce the cost of gain for the ration. During the study, 18 beef calves were weaned and split into two groups and fed, with and without WCS, for 50 days to determine the effect of supplemental whole cottonseed. Productivity was determined by measuring average daily gains for each group and comparing cost of gain for each ration. It was determined that WCS did increase productivity of weaned calves through showing a decrease in cost per pound of gain by $0.02 and increasing average daily gain by 0.36lbs.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Phillip Gunter, Ph.D.


Agriculture | Animal Sciences | Beef Science | Other Animal Sciences