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Growing Fodder for Goats & other Farm Animals

Discussion in 'Natural and Organic Husbandry' started by Vflowing, Jul 5, 2014.

  1. Jul 5, 2014
    Vflowing

    Vflowing Chillin' with the herd

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    So I'm 2 weeks into my determination and obsession with growing hydroponic Fodder for my 2 baby Nubian Pygmy wethers. Since I have a very small herd I was able to experiment with the most successful way to do it.


    I live in the California Mojave High desert at about 4000ft by Big Bear, Ca. So I don't have the moisture problems in more Southern climes but my first batches still got some tired, questionable old roots. Not actually smelling like mold but not smelling great either. Those batches I discarded.


    Research finally led me to a obscure video where a lady who had problems with her sprouts was using a baking soda rinse to prevent mold. I was excited to try it because; although I was ok with putting a small amount of bleach in the soak water and spraying the trays with bleach water, I'm not so thrilled with using it in my growing process.


    Hallelujah it worked like a charm. What I'm doing is first giving the trays a good soak, draining that water then a rinse of approx 1 tsp of baking soda in a liter of water, draining that water so there is no standing water in the tray. Voila the breakthrough! All my roots look like they brushed their teeth...smile, they are white, clean and non toxic. The barley grass is growing green, tall and strong and tho my babies are still a bit unsure about it all they are eating every bite I top dress their hay with and munching in the afternoon on their fodder when I hand feed them.


    Sorry I've no pictures right now, I am a single disabled lady setting up goat world and a first time goat Mama. I spend most of my time caring for the kids. I will get some pictures posted of my process soon if there is an interest in them.


    Much love, Vicki
     

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  2. Jul 5, 2014
    M.L. McKnight

    M.L. McKnight Overrun with beasties

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    That's pretty neat. In my area barley is at a premium, instead of using it for sprouts I have had luck with both oats and wheat. My method is pretty low-tech, I pour a thin layer of seeds in one of my flats from the greenhouse and keep them watered. I change the water daily and after about a week it is ready to be fed.
    I haven't tried the baking soda trick but I will.

    My goats enjoy all of the lawn clippings, leaf/tree trimmings and hay they can eat. I give them carrots and apples as treats, they are all pretty spoiled.
     
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  3. Jul 5, 2014
    Vflowing

    Vflowing Chillin' with the herd

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    Hi, M.L. I know you will be peased as to how darn white the roots stay with B.S., there is virtually not only no mold there is no yellow or brown taint either. Just make sure not to rinse the B.S. off after letting it soak in a bit.

    Being in California means I have premium prices on everything. Grass Hay & Alfalfa run $17 to $18 per bale. the 50lb Barley was $18.99. Since I was going for the most nutritious of all the grains because I have babies and have to be careful with my $$$ I opted to start with the B. I've since assed Boss and golden flax seed, so far so good.

    Here some of the info that decided me to begin with Barley.

    http://www.globalfodder.com/products/nutritional-data/
     
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  4. Jul 5, 2014
    norseofcourse

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    Good information! I've considered growing a bit of fodder as an experiment this coming winter, I'll remember about the baking soda rinse. Thanks!
     
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    Vflowing

    Vflowing Chillin' with the herd

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    You are very welcome norseofcourse, this little trick makes the fodders roots come out clean and bright. I love that it is non toxic too!
     
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    M.L. McKnight

    M.L. McKnight Overrun with beasties

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    I'm surprised that your barley is $18.99, it goes for that much around here too...maybe I'm just cheap! That isn't a terrible price on the alfalfa mix hay but I shy away from it due to bloat. Look for 'Sanfoin', it'll give you similar nutritional value, doesn't cause bloat and has natural deworming properties.
     
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  7. Jul 6, 2014
    Vflowing

    Vflowing Chillin' with the herd

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    Thanks for the info, I was able to look it up on the internet but so far cant find any for sale in my area. I'll keep trying but this is kind of a sleepy place...
     
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    Tea Chick

    Tea Chick Ridin' The Range

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    Sounds great!!! TFS!!! :)
     
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    Vflowing

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    Wow it's so long since I posted on this thread I'm hanging my head in shame. This is how my fodder came out in some of my first batches when I finally got it right. With the warmer weather I actually had to guard against the barley fermenting.

    I actually had a big storm in early July that caused a flash flood on my place to boot...since I live alone it was a big struggle for me to get my dog kennel on the porch & set them up there until the ground dried enough to put them back in their shed.

    Then I had some medical problems set me back, can you say too much for me to do? Still all in all my fodder has made my kids very healthy their condition is Awesome! The munch fodder in the AM & PM and I free feed grass hay.

    I also tried something really different that has made a big change in their hair. I drizzle x-tra Virgin olive oil on the fodder (goat salad dressing...smile). Bam their hair grew soft and thick and some bare patches on their knees are filling in nicely. They look like I polished them and I did, From the inside out.
     

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  10. Sep 1, 2014
    Tea Chick

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    I'm new, so please forgive the (probably stupid) question/comment:

    If I understand correctly, you're sprouting something (grains, I'm presuming b/c you mentioned barley).
    What (precisely) is fodder?
    Why don't you want the barley to ferment? (I ask that b/c fermented food is so good for all animals' digestive systems.)

    :hide
     
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