Growing your own fodder can save quite a bit on the sheep feed bills. It can be a lot of extra work, though. If you do choose to grow fodder for your sheep, make sure you give them only 2-3% of their body weight in fodder, plus a hay ration for the necessary roughage. Remember that fodder is essentially water wrapped in a thin cellulose cover. A former breeder here in Colorado decided to replace 100% of his sheep feed with fodder and ended up killing half his flock. The remaining half was horribly malnourished before other breeders could rescue them.

Mother Earth News has a good article on how to set up your own smale-scale fodder system at


http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/sprouted-fodder.aspx

Carol

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