how to buy feed grain by the ton

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  1. outofmire

    outofmire Well-Known Member

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    Here in Arkansas, I can't seem to find anyone who will sell me feed grain by the ton. They always say it's contracted out. How much do you have to buy to do a contract with these guys? Where can the small scale farmer buy bulk grain? I'm really getting frustrated. Do you have to buy tractor trailer loads. Where can I find a list of farms to call? So far my internet searches have been pretty unproductive.
     
  2. paintlady

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    Do you have a local county AG agent? Sometimes they know of local farmers willing to sell smaller amounts of grains.
     

  3. Old Vet

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    What kind of feed are you trying to buy? If it is corn,wheat,oats,and Milo then Oakley's in North Little Rock will sell it by the ton and you can get all little as you want but you must provide transportation unless you want a whole truck load. Any SFA store can get it for you or you can visit the main warehouse in North Little Rock and get what you want. A lot of other farm stores can get it for you. If you are wanting to get chicken feed by the ton it will be hard to get. Where are you at and I can help you find a place.
     
  4. outofmire

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    Old Vet, yes, I'm looking for whole grains either premixed or that I can mix myself: corn, wheat or oats, soybeans maybe. Milo would be good.

    When you say a "whole truck load", are you talking about dump truck load? I won't need more than a ton at a time at first. Can I just pick it up in my pickup? Or do they deliver? What is a "SFA store"?

    Also, where can I find a one ton feeder, or a storage container for bulk grains. Or maybe I could build something myself. I don't mind the extra work of mixing it myself and mixing in DE if need be. I just want the best deal I can get.

    Thanks for any help you can give me.
     
  5. Old Vet

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    SFA store are Southern Farmers Association If you are in the north central it will be Tyndall Feed in Harrison If you are in Central Arkansas there are many places to buy feed in hole grains like Oakley's Near Washington avenue and Oakley Drive SFA warehouse is at Buckie north of Broadway. In most areas you can find SFA Stores in most smaler stores. You may be able to cary aton on your puckup but it will distroy your rear berings. If you are going to buy a ton each of Corn wheat or oats you would have to have 2ton to haul and most places would haul it for you expecitaly if it were mixed firts. Any Feed mils can mix it for you and haul it. If you are going to buy less than a ton you will have to have it bag and haul it that way. What part of the state are you in and I can find a place close to you.
     
  6. outofmire

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    I'm in central arkansas between Little Rock and Mayflower.

    I called Oakley's in NLR and they said they didn't sell bulk grains, but they said the one in Beebee does. So I called Oakley's in Beebee, and they said they only had corn and oats in the 1 ton bags. I asked if they had any mixed whole grains. They didn't. Their 1 ton bags are really about 3/4 ton. My truck can haul that, but if I get the corn and the oats, that's 1.5 tons and I don't really need that much at once. I didn't think to ask if they'd mix it for me, but since I did ask if they had mixed whole grain feed, you'd think they would have mentioned it. Sometimes you really have to know how to ask things though. Like I'm not sure if I worded my question wrong when I asked NLR oakley if they had bulk whole grain feed.

    Thanks again for your help. Sometimes it's hard not being raised on a farm.
     
  7. Old Vet

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    Call the SFA warehouse in North Little Rock they have what you want. Or go to a farm store in Conway and they can order it for you. You can save some money by going to the Warehouse and picking it up for yourself. They have 50 LB bags and they can mix it for you. I was born in Conway and my Grandparents were post masters in Mayflower.
     
  8. FarmboyBill

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    Im pretty lucky in that I live 10 miles to 2 feed stores. One only does bags, the other will do bulk. Bulk is loose grain. They used to pay the equivliant of 250 lbs extra in feed if you bought it by the ton
     
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    outofmire, as most of the people on here know, for many years I was a grain buyer for a coop in Minnesota before moving here to Arkansas...buying feed from a farm store is not the way to go...find an elevator/feed mill if you want to buy at a decent price...if you jump onto hwy 65 and go to Damascus they have a mill there...when I came down here ten years ago that is where I got my feed...i hauled it two ton at a time and it was on a 3/4 pickup...they mixed some of the feed for me and some i picked up not blended together...mike
     
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    Sorry fellars the Damascus feed mill was destroyed in the May 2 tornado 6 min later so was my house.
    Jug
     
  11. outofmire

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    Yeah that was a bad tornado. Sorry about your house Jug. Too bad about that feed mill.

    Old Vet, when you say call the SFA warehouse in NLR, do you mean oakley's? And what farm store in Conway are you referring to? I called Conway Milling and Caldwell Country Store, but they only had pellets in bulk.
     
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    Some elevators will sell bulk to you. Stop up the crack inna pickup bed with a sheet of plastic and have at it, you probably won't be able to buy exactly a ton. They can't afford the labor or time to give you exact poundage or bushel amount. Simply have some grain augered into your truck,"holler when ya hurt", weigh in empty, weigh loaded, pay up, git outa the way..:sing:
     
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    poorboy, most, elevators have a weigh hopper over the top of a leg pit and it is weighed there and not on a platform scale...unless you ask for a load and not by weight or bushel...but that is not always the case...when it comes into the elevator it is always weighed on the big scale but very seldom out...
    to get right at a ton all you need to do is set the amount on the poise on the scale and start filling the hopper, when you see the poise move just a little pull the bullnut to close the slide and reweigh and you won't be more than 5-10 pounds off and it will always be over...mike
     
  14. Ken Scharabok

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    Check at feed mills. For example if I was going to use the one in McEwen, TN I'd just call and ask them to mix up say 200 lbs of A, 400 lbs of B, 300 lbs of C, etc. plus maybe even some loose minerals and salt. Corn would come from their hopper, rest would be via opening 50-lb bags. They would put it into plastic weave bags.

    Some folks locally do this with square baled hay. It is chopped up and then whatever the buyer wants added to it, such as perhaps molasses, minerals, corn, cottonseed meal, salt, etc. However, fewer and fewer people do square baled hay now.

    I know the local farmers' co-op will delivery mixed feeds but don't know details. They would also sell packaged by the pallet or either pre-mixed or mix you own. No discount I know of though unless you buy a full pallet of a single item.
     
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    My local feed mill mixes 3000 lbs at a time for me and puts it into my recycled burlap bags which I then take home and put into 24 metal trash cans for safety against mouse attack.
     
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    Last time I bought a ton of corn the feedmill put it in bags for me and I loaded them on the truck and away I went.
    Lately I've been getting around 500 pounds of feed mixed at a time. In bags.
    Pay a bit more for the bags but it is a lot easier to move around and it's a lot cheaper to pick it up than have them haul it out to me.
     
  17. Ross

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    Around here you can order bulk grains delivered in one ton (minimum) lots. Comes on a truck with divided bins and it blows the grain into a hopper bottom tank or even a grannery or wagon. You might have to wait for a truck load going near your area but its prompt enough. I buy from my neighbors mostly, sure some or even a lot of the crop is presold on contract but if they have storage they likely hold back some to wait on better prices.
     
  18. Ken Scharabok

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    I don't know when it was last published but an excellent reference is Feeds and Feeding: A Handbook for the Student and Stockman by F. B. Morrison. I have the 20th edition and that was published in 1948. Over 1200 pages then.
     
  19. outofmire

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    Old Vet, which SFA warehouse in NLR? Oakley's? Cuz they said they didn't have bulk grains, only Beebee. And which farm store in Conway? I called Conway Mill and Cauldwells. Neither of them had bulk whole grains. Are you saying they have it in 50 lb bags instead?
     
  20. outofmire

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    Can someone please tell me what I should ask the feed store? Should I ask if they have bulk whole grain feed? Or should I ask if they can mix some whole grain feed?