Looking for a feed formula for cows, sheep, goats, llamas, horses!

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by willow_girl, Mar 19, 2004.

  1. willow_girl

    willow_girl Very Dairy

    Dec 7, 2002
    Dysfunction Junction
    About a month ago, I posted looking for grain storage solutions for a small farm ...

    This morning I bought my solution ... a gravity wagon. :)

    Our mill does custom mixing ... I'm looking for "recipes" for a feed mixture that would be good for a dairy cow, horses (easy keepers), llamas, goats AND sheep!

    (I remember someone saying they also had all of the above animals ... and a good feed recipe ... but I can't find my original post and can't remember their name!)
  2. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

    May 11, 2002
    I suspect you are going to find all of these have different nutritional needs, such as protein levels. They are likely to vary also by time of year and if the animal is pregnant and/or lactating. You are likely to save on feed if bought in bulk, but here one size does not fit all.

    Ken S. in WC TN

  3. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

    May 9, 2002
    If you load it with a cracked corn, rolled barley, and soy mix that dropped out a 14-16% ration you could boost the protein for lactating animals with a pellet or more meal. Not sure about the horse or llama though, but it would suit the other ruminanats as a base feed. Sheep benefit from coarse ground feed, and don't handle fine stuff as well as some. You'll have to free choice the mineral seperately.
  4. Jackpine Savage

    Jackpine Savage Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2002
    Central MN
    If you're grinding or rolling the feed doesn't keep as well either. This is especially true in the heat and humidity of summer. When buying ground feed I try not to have it around longer than two weeks.