Finding simple ways, to make your products go further is something very important to our family. We have hundreds of animals on our homestead and needed to find a better way of feeding them.
With fodder, we can quadruple our feed output for our animals just by sprouting trays of wheat seed for 8 days and quadrupling the amount of feed we get out of each bag for our animals. A 50 pound bag of seed can yield 200+ pounds of sprouted fodder.
Growing our own wheat fodder (wheatgrass) was an easy way to add additional feed to our animals while saving a bit in our budget.
We have been extremely successful growing wheat, barley and oats (although oats tend to be a bit harder to grow.) You can pick up recleaned wheat, recleaned barley and recleaned oats at your local feed store. We purchase our recleaned wheat from Warren’s in Chino Valley. I have found that their wheat seems to grow best for what I am needing.
Here are the things that you need to get started:
8 trays ($1 plastic shoeboxes work for starting. We use both those and heavy duty black planting trays)
Shelf to hold trays (we have a metal shelf for one set and a PVC homemade shelf or the other set)
Drill with drill bit to drill holes in bottom of trays
Water collection bucket
Pitcher or large jar. (or optional water pump and fixtures)
Bag of wheat, barley or oats (recleaned are best) optional: additional types of seeds, black oil sunflower seeds or Austrian winter peas.
In order to make a successful system, you need to make sure that the water can flow through each tray and fall to the next tray down in a waterfall effect. The collection tray is at the bottom to collect all of the left over water that you can then recycle into your garden or other plants.
It is a beautiful October day up here in northern Arizona. A lot has happened in the last month. We have (as a whole family, including my parents and sister and her family) picked up a steer. TBone will fill up our freezer in about 8 months or so. He is a bit thin, so we are “fattening” him up.
Berlyn is continuing to be homeschooled with the other kids. Autism will not stop this handsome guy! Meet Fern! She is a KuneKune sow to breed with our Wilbur. 3 of the kids joined 4H this season for swine market, swine breeding, rabbits, goats and poultry.
We officially got back the first of the goat’s registrations back from ADGA (American Dairy Goat Assoc.) 4 more to go this season!
Lorna’s Babies are ready to go to their new home on July 6, 2015. 4 available. New Zealand / Lop Mixes $10 / males, $15 / females, Buck: Angus
Elinor’s Babies are ready to go to their new home on July 8, 2015. 9 available. New Zealand $10 / males, $15 / females, Buck: Angus
Merida’s Babies are ready to go to their new home on July 12, 2015. 4 available. New Zealand $10 / males, $15 / females, Buck: Angus
We also have another litter of kits born from Doe: Maude, Buck: Fergus ready to go home in August. They are Lop/New Zealand mixes as well. 5 available. (This litter is not related to any of the above bunnies if you are looking for a breeding trio.