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AAARGH - it's all Cyngbaeld's fault

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Some of you may remember a little while ago - I was talking about the cost of keeping animals, importing food, and their practicalilty as survival resources.

Cyngbaeld very kindly suggested I should feed them seaweed. Spurred on by what seemed like a good idea, I went to the beach, collected some vraic, and washed and dried it and tried it on the goats.

Some of them turned their noses up - two of them went absolutely nuts over it, fighting to get to it and tearing it out of my hand.

One of the two is one of my older nannies who I have long suspected had a deficiency of some sort - all well and good.

The other one was my little breech baby from last year. He has never been quite "right" and I have always suspected that either I damaged him some way heaving him out, or he was deprrived of oxygen in the delay at birth. Either way he has always been very subdued, always a bit hunched up and coat (longish coat) fluffed up.

So he went mad for the seaweed. And hasn't been the same goat since. He has bright eyes, bounces around like his twin sister, and is so full of mischief he is being a total pain in the rear end!! If there is going to be a goat jumping out, in the feed room, breaking into the veg garden, guess who it is almost guaranteed to be?? Who knew a simple bucket of seaweed could cause SO much trouble LOL

Thanks Cyngbaeld - I am working on a steady supply of seaweed for them now :)

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If the geese don't eat it all this summer, reckon I'll pull some of my 'seaweed', aka pond weeds, and see if the goats go gaga over it!
Are you eating it yourself too? I know there are British, Scottish, Manx and Irish recipes using it. I've also had it in Japanese and Korean food, liked it, and always thought it would be a useful way of getting "greens" during winter when growing vegetables was hard, but heavy seas were washing a lot of seaweed ashore.

I've also heard of people gathering it in heaps, let the rain wash the salt out, and then build up and fertilise their vegetable gardens with it.

I wonder if you could build a "billy cart" and let the goats haul it home for you?
LOL, I'm glad to cause that kind of trouble!
My Chickens do well with Seaweed in their water.

I'll add Seaweed in my "I WISH I HAD A COUPLE OF GOATS " notebook.

Thanks for sharing your update.
There are a number of companies selling seaweed for feed additives. There's one over by Akron, Ohio but I can't remember the name right now. They've got good product.
Seaweed is very good for people too. A small strip of kelp added to stews in the last 20 minutes of cooking can do wonders. Hajiki (sp?) and Dulse are used on salads. Dulse can be strongly fishy smelling - be forewarned. All the stuff is good for trace mineral deficiencies.
My wife is of Japanese descent. Yes, seaweed is strong smelling. I don't care for it on my rice.
Sea vegetables would play a much larger role in our diet if we didn't live pretty much at the geographical centre of the continent. As it is, I will admit to occasionally enjoying dulse, and a serious addiction to nori.... and I like it in my rice :D
Here is a company that sells seaweed products from Maine. :bouncy:
i bet the salt and minerals is a large part of what they go crazy for , from the ocean sea weed

they have machines at many of the lakes in southern wisconsin that cut and collect it them have a conveyor to load it in to the back of a dump truck backed up to the boat launch then they dump it on feilds and till it in
Same thing happens to hogs raised on concrete. Introduce them to a dirt lot and they start eating it.

However as this is the Survival Forum I will also mention that in Haiti mud cookies are standard fair, at around $1 for 20 or so.
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