I recently picked up 40 bales of kudzu hay. My 4 does share 2 flakes a day while my buck is separated during feeding time. (For those who don't know, kudzu in high in protein and calcium, very similar to alfalfa.) I have noticed, starting the day after the first taste of kudzu, that milk production went up and the amount of cream really increased to the point that it takes much longer to strain the milk. The taste of the milk is great!
I paid $4/bale in comparison to the $15-20/bale that alfalfa sells for around here, with better results. From what the man I buy feed from tells me, the large amount of vines in the hay, which of course provides a lot of roughage, is what is increasing the cream production.
For example, when you're baling Kudzu hay, "Set your header 'low' and cut vines low. Then when you go back to bale, set the header 'high.' If a round baler is available, the kudzu twines itself and does not require baling twine."
The man I bought it from has 15 acres dedicated to growing kudzu. His mom goes out and picks the blossoms for honey, uses young leaves in quishe (sp?) and in place of spinach in any recipe.
Here in KY kudzu is everywhere. It is distructive and the folks would probably pay you to get rid of it. If you plant it make sure you are prepared to manage it, it grows like crazy and will kill any plant or tree it grows over. It's good to know how goats do on it, I'm thinking of goats and this would be an easy food source.
my husband brought home some kudzu from work, the goat ran over like OMGOSH, got to it sniffed and turned away, friggin pains in the you know whats
Goats tend to be very hesitant about trying new foods. If you let them get used to the kudzu they would probably eat it (particularly if they didn't have a lot of other choices). Most people don't realize how picky goats can be.
The seeds, which are small with a thick seed coat, can remain in the soil for several years before germinating. The vines develop from starchy tubers which can grow to depths of 10 feet and weigh 200 to 300 pounds. Kudzu has the ability to root at the leaf joints, forming thousands of plants to the acre. Kudzu also has extraordinary growth rates of up to a foot a day and 60 feet in a year.
When my son graduated from Army boot camp in Georgia several years ago we were amazed and appalled at all the Kudzu.
Now, in a town not 6 miles from us, and along railroad tracks about half that distance, there is Kudzu everywhere. I am thinking my goats will become self defense when that stuff gets here. I am sure it will get here, just not sure when. It scares me. But, when it is closer I will be proactive, and make lemonade out of those lemons!
Sounds like the milk will even benefit. But I would never ever try to grow it on purpose.
in places that already have Kudzu it is worth utilizeing, its a great feed for Goats, Cattle, Sheep, Rabbits, even chickens will eat the leaves, but if you dont already have it DO NOT INTRODUCE it to someplace that its not already, it has alot of uses yes but it also will take over and your neahbors wont like you much for it
[QUOTE=SteelRose;4642438]I live in Alabama... The stuff is EVERYWHERE here... it reminds me of living up in the pacific nw only there its black berries...good to know that goats will eat kudzu though...
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Kudzu blossom jelly, fried leaves, the young leaves can be used in place of spinach in recipes and canned like spinach, the root starch can be used to thicken gravies. The vines are great for craft projects. I'm sure there is more that I don't know.