What Is "Fodder?"

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  1. Exactly what is fodder? I'm a 'fairly' old-timer and can remember the expression 'foddering the cows,' but I can't remember just what's included in fodder. If any of you know, please tell me.
     
  2. cloverfarm

    cloverfarm Well-Known Member

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    I"ve never heard that expression but I imagine it has to do with either feeding them their hay or turning beef cows out into a corn field after harvest. That's corn fodder.

    It might depend on what part of the country you grew up in.

    Hope that helps

    Ann
     

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    fodder
    Dictionaryfod·der (fŏd'ər)
    n.
    Feed for livestock, especially coarsely chopped hay or straw.
    Raw material, as for artistic creation.
    A consumable, often inferior item or resource that is in demand and usually abundant supply: romantic novels intended as fodder for the pulp fiction market.
    tr.v., -dered, -der·ing, -ders.
     
  4. rambler

    rambler Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Generally it is a low-energy, high fiber feed for cattle. Corn stalk bales, straws, sweet corn silage, poorer hay. Provides bulk for cattle that don't need a lot of energy (some beef, dry cows....) but need something to chew on. Can use these items to blance out a 'hot' ration of very high energy feeds.

    --->Paul
     
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    I always thought it was the guy married to me "mudder."
     
  6. John_in_Houston

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    Hello Mudder, hello Fodder, here I am at Camp Granadder...
     
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    Around our area, it would mean hay.
     
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    My father and grandfather pull the leaves off corn stalks while it was green and let it dry. They called it fodder, Then they tied it up in bundles to feed the cows in the winter. By the time I came along we were mowing grass with a 2 horse mowing machine and making hay. WE didn't know what a baler was so we hauled it out of the field with a pitch fork on a wagon.
     
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    We chopped dry corn stalks and fed the cows their fodder.Grandpa fed whole stalks as fodder.
     
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    Dry cornstalks, sometimes also used as bedding if straw is in short supply.
     
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    Yeah, that's exactly where my twisted mind went, too...

    Good ol' Alan Sherman...

    Pony!
     
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    Hello Muddah, hello Fadduh,
    Here I am at Camp Grenada
    Camp is very entertaining
    and they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining.

    I went hiking with Joe Spivy
    He developed poison ivy
    You remember Leonard Skinner
    He got ptomaine poisoning last night after dinner.

    All the counselors hate the waiters
    And the lake has alligators
    And the head coach wants no sissies
    So he reads to us from something called Ulysses.

    Now I don't want this should scare ya
    But my bunkmate has malaria
    You remember Jeffrey Hardy
    They're about to organize a searching party.

    Take me home, oh muddah fadduh, take me home, I hate Grenada
    Don't leave me out in the forest where I might get eaten by a bear.
    Take me home, I promise I will not make noise or mess the house with
    other boys, oh please don't make me stay, I've been here one whole day.

    Dearest fadduh, darling muddah,
    How's my precious little bruddah?
    Let me come home if ya miss me
    I will even let Aunt Bertha hug and kiss me.

    Wait a minute, it stopped hailing,
    Guys are swimming, guys are sailing,
    Playing baseball, gee that's better,
    Muddah Fadduh please disregard this letter.
    Alan Sherman