Rice Straw

Rice Straw

Daniel J Drake, Glenn Nader and Larry Foreroof the University of California’s offer some good advice on the feeding of rice straw to cattle.  Rice straw is a by-product of the rice grain growing industry. It has a relatively low nutritional value, but is good for use in combination with other livestock feed products, offering benefits in terms of fairly cheap animal feed to bulk up with.

It should, therefore, only really be used as a partial animal feed solution, to replace forage; it is not suitable as a stand-alone livestock feed ration.

CambridgeFeed ensures rice straw cattle feed offers optimum results by employing best practices, such as:

  • Rice straw is baled within ten days of harvest for improved palatability of cattle;
  • We test rice straw from our supply networks for crude protein and ADF (fibre content and digestibility measuring) content prior to purchase;
  • We can supply complementary feed additives for ideally balanced livestock animal nutrition.  With this product, we recommend a beneficial feed supplement, such as protein, for different farmed animals, from rabbits to sheep, cattle and camels. Dietary supplements are beneficial where, for instance, dry rice straw has a low protein content, or where oxalates present in the leaf straw inhibit calcium intake;
  • We compare the costs of various types of livestock feed available, to provide the most suitable combinations of feeds for distributors and farmers.