Almond Hulls

Almond hulls are a great choice to supplement your dairy cattle feed. McNaughts provides high-quality almond hulls for sale and delivery throughout Victoria and New South Wales.

What Are Almond Hulls?

Almonds comprise a soft outer hull that encloses a hard shell containing the kernel (seed or nut). After harvesting, the outer hull and hard shell are removed from the kernel. These outer almond hulls have a high feed value, not only as cattle feed but also for horses or even for feeding almond hulls to sheep.

McNaughts’ Almond Hulls

If you’re looking for a more economical and nutritious alternative for your cattle than feeding them 100% hay, our almond hulls can replace up to 20% of the daily feed for your dairy cows! A recent study found that almond hulls are beneficial to lactating dairy cows. And that feeding them almond hulls (up to 20% of their diet) can support high levels of milk production.

McNaughts’ Solutions With Almond Hulls

Our almond hulls are sourced from local farms and processed onsite. Highly palatable, they are a cheaper alternative to hay, and our almond hulls contain 11.5% protein.  Depending on your preference, we can deliver whole or milled almond hulls to your farm. Whole almond hulls have a higher effective fibre value but a lower bulk density.

Shipping bulk almond hulls helps keep the almond hull prices more reasonable for you. For this reason, we have a diverse fleet of bulk-freight trucks with payload capabilities from 25MT to 90MT, servicing Victoria and NSW. 

Other Agricultural Products For You

Besides almond hulls, we provide other products to help feed and bed your livestock:

  • Hay: Hay fodder is grass, cereal, legumes or other herbaceous plants that have been cut and dried for use as livestock feed.
  • Cotton Trash: These are the stalks, seed fragments, leaves and burrs left over when the cotton is separated during processing. It can be used for calf bedding, mulch and roughage feed.

We provide a full range of competitively-sourced agricultural products to service you all year round.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Besides providing high-quality feed for dairy cattle, almond hulls can be used for mulch and compost because they are potassium-rich. And some alternate uses for almond byproducts are currently being researched:

  • Almond hulls could be used to produce food-grade sugars that can be a replacement for high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Because almond hulls are super absorbent, soaking up to 10 times their weight in water, they could be used as natural absorbents in nappies.

Yes, but the nutritional value of almond hulls won’t provide all the dietary needs of a young calf. According to Dairy Australia, almond hulls “will not provide the daily nutrient requirements of dry cows or young stock”. They recommend supplementing almond hulls with grain/concentrates, including protein supplements.

Juglone is a compound produced by the walnut family (Juglandaceae), and this includes walnuts, hickories, butternuts and pecans. Juglone suppresses the growth of other plants and can even kill them. Fortunately, almonds are in a different family called “Rosaceae”, and this family includes such healthy fruits as apples, peaches, pears and apricots.