sunflower seed, dairy cattle, rations, energy, protein
Feeding whole sunflower seeds to dairy cattle as a way to increase the energy content of the diet of high-producing dairy cows may boost milk production by three to eight percent. That is the same kind of increase you can expect from feeding other sources of fat such as soybeans, cottonseed, tallow, or dry fat products. Use as a cattle feed also provides an alternative market outlet for sunflower seeds, especially if you are confronted with low market prices or damaged seeds.
Schingoethe, David J., "Sunflower Seeds in Dairy Cattle Rations" (1992). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 104.