Can Dry Beans Be Fed to Cattle?

An early frost caused damage to some of the dry edible bean crop. Can those frost-damaged beans be fed to cattle? Yes and no, according to NDSU Extension. At around 20% crude protein and 86% total digestible nutrients, dry beans have okay feed quality. However, they can cause gastric disturbances in cattle. Dry beans should be limited to 10% of the ration on a dry matter basis. That may be increased to 20% of the ration, depending on the degree of scours or reduction of intake.