Peanut by-products fed to cattle

Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract. 2002 Jul;18(2):295-315. doi: 10.1016/s0749-0720(02)00019-1.


Peanut by-products supply substantial quantities of feedstuffs to beef cattle grown in the same region where peanuts are produced. Included in the list of products fed to cattle are peanuts and peanut meal, peanut skins, peanut hulls, peanut hay, and silages. Residual peanut hay is by far the most widely used peanut by-product fed to beef cattle, and if it is properly harvested with minimal leaf shatter, it is comparable to good-quality grass hays in nutrient content. Peanut skins are often included in small quantities in cattle and pet foods, supplying both protein and energy. High tannin content of peanut skins can cause severe performance depressions in beef cattle if peanut skins are included at levels higher than 10% of the diet, unless diets contain relatively high CP (above 15% CP), or additional N sources are added such as ammonia or urea. Because dairy cattle diets are often above 16% CP in the total dietary DM, peanut skins may increase milk production when added at levels up to 16% of the dry matter. Peanut hulls are effectively used as a roughage source at levels up to 20% of beef finishing diets, for bedding in dairy cattle loafing sheds (if tested and found to contain low aflatoxin levels), and in a variety of manufactured products. Peanut hulls are economically priced because of their quantity, their inherent high fiber, and low CP content, and they should not be fed as a primary feedstuffs for beef cattle. Peanut by-products are generally priced below other by-products, and they can be incorporated into a variety of supplements and diets for cow herds, growing-finishing cattle, and dairy cattle.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animal Feed* / adverse effects
  • Animal Feed* / analysis
  • Animal Feed* / economics
  • Animal Husbandry / economics
  • Animal Husbandry / methods
  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Animals
  • Arachis*
  • Cattle / metabolism*
  • Cattle / physiology
  • Dairying / economics
  • Dairying / methods
  • Dietary Fiber / administration & dosage
  • Dietary Fiber / analysis
  • Dietary Proteins
  • Female
  • Male
  • Nitrogen / metabolism
  • Southeastern United States
  • Tannins / adverse effects


  • Dietary Fiber
  • Dietary Proteins
  • Tannins
  • Nitrogen