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Old 07/23/12, 07:02 PM
 
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Wheat fodder sprouts.

Is anyone experimenting with or feeding wheat fodder sprouts to pigs.
I have a lot of wheat and was thinking about using some of it as sprouts.
Other grains can be used also for this.

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Gerold.

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Old 07/23/12, 10:39 PM
 
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Gerold, I have been researching feeding fodder to all my grazing animals. still trying to figure out the logistics of the trays and racks and rotating them around. It could be close to a perfect food during this drought and it is consumed 100%.

I don't have any grains on hand so my next step was looking at the prices and nutritional content of different grains. The choices are endless, but dictated by the pocketbook.

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Old 07/24/12, 09:14 AM
 
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Gerold, I have been researching feeding fodder to all my grazing animals. still trying to figure out the logistics of the trays and racks and rotating them around. It could be close to a perfect food during this drought and it is consumed 100%.

I don't have any grains on hand so my next step was looking at the prices and nutritional content of different grains. The choices are endless, but dictated by the pocketbook.
I spreading some wheat out on a plastic tray today. The tray has drain holes in it. Will water it twice a day. Plan on weighing after 8 days to see how much weight the wheat has gained. If the weight is 4 times in 8 days i may decide to grow some for my pigs.

My spring crop of wheat and rye didn't do very good, so would like to try the fodder out. Lack of rain in the spring and summer has sure taken a toll here.
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Old 07/24/12, 03:37 PM
 
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One thing I was wondering about last night. In order to get the most bang for your bucket, why not sprout beans? Like navy and pinto beans. Provides a great source of protein, not sure if it is higher that barley or wheat, but maybe I am wrong but starting with a bigger seed, you would get a larger "plant" therefore more food. Now I just need to price that out.

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Old 07/24/12, 04:37 PM
 
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One thing I was wondering about last night. In order to get the most bang for your bucket, why not sprout beans? Like navy and pinto beans. Provides a great source of protein, not sure if it is higher that barley or wheat, but maybe I am wrong but starting with a bigger seed, you would get a larger "plant" therefore more food. Now I just need to price that out.
I did think about field peas which i may look at when time permits. I do plan on planting field peas in the early fall if weather looks right.
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Old 01/24/13, 05:52 AM
 
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Did you have any success with the fodder and pigs? We just ordered a small fodder system. I'm looking forward to supplementing the pigs with it during winter and the lack of forage. We also have chickens, sheep and goats so I know it will be useful. Not much info out there of people feeding pigs fodder. Thanks!

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Old 01/24/13, 06:52 AM
 
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I have done wheat Fodder and the Pigs Love it, the chickens also. I put 1 1/2lb of seed in the trays and about 10 days later it would weigh 6 to 8lb using nothing but water. I quit with it a few days ago because it got to cold for doing it outside right now but as soon as it warms back up I will be back at it, sprouting wheat, rye and sunflower seeds mainly. The chickens also Love the Sunflower seeds too. I found a deal on some wild bird seed and sprouted it. I want to set up a place to do it in a bigger scale, maybe in a storage building so next winter I could run a little heat and keep it going 24/7/365(we have no room in our 992sqft home). When you can buy a 50lb bag of seed and turn it into about 300lb/+/-/ of feed with a higher protien value than it was at seeds for a small amount of labor---I think its a good deal.

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Old 01/24/13, 07:58 AM
 
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Did you have any success with the fodder and pigs? We just ordered a small fodder system. I'm looking forward to supplementing the pigs with it during winter and the lack of forage. We also have chickens, sheep and goats so I know it will be useful. Not much info out there of people feeding pigs fodder. Thanks!
I tried it on a small scale. Works ok if you just have a limited space to growing. The return was good. However for the amount of feed i need for my stock it would be a full time job setting it up and keeping it going. I have a lot of pasture and woods for the pigs to feed in daily and i have to feed them grain ever day so in the winter i just feed them grain. Hoping next year will have more rain here for the crops to grow better. The winter wheat in the pasture i planted late still supplies some feed for the pigs. They root in the woods ever day even in this cold weather.
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