I get asked all the time how to grow animal feed.
Lots of homesteaders are trying to feed themselves and their animals off the land. That is awesome. Feeding yourself and growing livestock off your land is what homesteading is all about.
So if that is what homesteading is all about, why do I think you should stop trying to grow all your animals feed from your land?
Supplementing Your Animals Feed From Your Land By Allowing Them to Forage is Awesome.
All your livestock should be foraging from your woods, fields, and pastures. Chickens and pigs can eat bugs, seeds, weeds. Cows and sheep can eat grass. Goats… they will try to eat everything.
Allowing your animals to forage will save you money, create a better product, and make everyone happier.
There is a Big Difference Between Supplementing Your Animals Feed and Growing ALL Of It.
I get it. Feed is expensive. Every year I literally spend THOUSANDS of dollars on feed. I would LOVE to stop spending so much money on feed.
But growing all your animals feed is not as easy as supplementing their diet. Supplementing their diet is as easy as setting up some electric fencing and letting them go free. Growing all their feed is a whole different kind of farming. It requires Time, Money and Energy.
The internet is full of blog posts, videos and infographics about fodder, growing grains, and how it can all save you money. So why don’t I do it?
The Real Reason I Don’t Grow My Animals Feed Is That I Don’t Want To.
- IF IT IS BETTER NUTRITIONALLY
- IF IT IS CHEAPER TO DIY
- IF IT IS MORE SELF SUFFICIENT
Fodder is hydroponically grown forage, usually barley. Many people claim you can save money and feed better quality food to your livestock by doing fodder.