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« on: January 03, 2013, 06:28:47 PM »

I was on another forum earlier today and I saw the mention of using sprouting fodder systems for feeding your livestock.
Well that got me thinking  Lips sealed , since I'm building the greenhouse with hydroponics, why not setup a DIY version of
one of these systems to cut the amount of hay and feed I'm buying.

Has anyone here tried to make anything like this or is using one?

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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2013, 07:20:22 PM »

I want to do this For my animals.  But no ideas yet..
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2013, 08:04:57 PM »

Jack What's His Name did a podcast on this not long ago...http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/fodder-systems-newhouse-on-permaville.

here is the link to the site of the folks who talked to Jack about the diy fodder system...there are captioned pictures...looks really simple!
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2013, 09:10:22 PM »

My wife, Karnie, has been a LOT more involved in this, than I have. But, she has picqued my interest. We haven't really gotten anything started yet. But, it does sound very promising.
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2013, 10:01:25 PM »

Jack What's His Name did a podcast on this not long ago...http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/fodder-systems-newhouse-on-permaville.

here is the link to the site of the folks who talked to Jack about the diy fodder system...there are captioned pictures...looks really simple!


oops! forgot to paste the link:http://quartzridgeranch.wordpress.com/tag/barley-fodder/
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2013, 10:32:19 PM »

Has anyone tried to get their hands on any seed barley, lately? Around here, it is IMPOSSIBLE to find. Our goat feed supplier had to stop putting it in the feed last year, because it was so scarce.
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2013, 10:54:53 PM »

I tried to find some feed barley a year ago and could not
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2013, 07:34:20 AM »

I was pretty tired last night and forgot to mention that, instead of barley (because I can't seem to get any), y'all might want to have a look at oats. When I trying to find something inexpensive to plant alongside our ryegrass, oats was what we chose, because it germinates quickly and is cheap. In fact, I didn't buy "seed oats", but "whole oats" that are sold as feed for horses. A 50# bag costs 15 dollars around here.

And, thanks for reminding me... My neighbor down the road has a couple of drums of oat seed that he was trying to sell me cheap, a while back (leftover after his harvest got bagged).
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2013, 08:32:22 AM »

Geez, guys... thanks. I mentioned this thread to Karnie this morning, and told her that I had finally had a chance to look into it, a little bit.

So, of course, she has now turned this into my top priority. We will be sprouting triticale, black oil sunflower and oats, by the end of the day, I guess...  Cry
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2013, 10:00:08 AM »

What about any of those seed mixes for attracting deer. At the right time of year that can be pretty cheap.
I saw a 50 lb sack of rye grass seeds for $17
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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2013, 12:05:39 PM »

What about any of those seed mixes for attracting deer. At the right time of year that can be pretty cheap.
I saw a 50 lb sack of rye grass seeds for $17

When I planted the south field this year, I noticed that the oats came up much sooner than the ryegrass... but, not by a lot. But, the oats DID grow much faster. In fact, one of the reasons that we grazed it, was because we were afraid that the oats were going to shadow the annual ryegrass that we planted (and we might have lost the oats to the freeze. It's cold around here. But, the oats haven't been winterkilled, yet). With the rain we got the other day, the field is looking green again.

As for the triticale, I have absolutely no experience with that, yet. That was one of Karnie's ideas. Deer seed mix might be a good alternative, though. I'll ask her to stop by Atwoods on the way home, and check. In a deer-heavy area, they can get really proud of that seed. But, around here, deer aren't that plentiful.
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2013, 07:59:09 PM »

I have heard great praises, but the cost of seed seemed to be prohibitive, when they can eat grass which is almost free
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« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2013, 07:33:53 PM »

I have 50 3 of organic barley for sprouting.  I had bought it to make barley juice with - but now unsure with the gluten thing...
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« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2013, 07:46:04 PM »

I have heard great praises, but the cost of seed seemed to be prohibitive, when they can eat grass which is almost free

One thing I have discovered... NOTHING on the farm is free...  Lips sealed

But, it can be less-expensive... Cry
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