Saturday, December 4, 2010
A trip to the feed mill
Good Saturday all!! Come on in and grab a cup.
Seems those of us who have critters know all too well how often we head out to our local feed mill to buy chow for our farmyard buddies. Today was our day to pick up our goat chow, as I had called yesterday to place the order. We have out goat grain made to our specifications from a recipe given to me by a dear friend, and rabid goat raiser, the same lady that runs 200 head of dairy goats. I`ve been using this recipe for years now and am very pleased with the results.
We`ve found that with so many goats buying in bulk is cheaper than buying nationally made brands in fifty pound bags.
Also, my recipe is made for goats in our county, and you`ll see that some of the additives reflect that.
This is the recipe that I use for our dairy goats. In spring when the kids arrive I do add a coccidiostat to the ration.
Steam Flaked Corn
Whole Roasted Soy
Integral (Mycotoxin binder)
STD Trace Minerals in a pre-mix
Vitamin A, D & E
After getting a few loads of wood hauled in for the next week Mister and I set off on this cold winter day. We`re very lucky that our feed mill is within ten minutes of our farmstead, makes getting there this time of year FAR less precarious!
When we arrive our order is ready and Mister helps load the half ton of feed into the back of our truck.
We also had to have some chicken mash so add another two hundred pounds of that and a bag of loose goat minerals. I don`t use mineral blocks. Experience with my goats has shown me that they don`t eat the blocks well, especially if they get dirty. Loose minerals in a wall feeder along with another feeder of baking soda they adore! We offer mineral and baking soda free choice year round. We usually buy SweetLix 16:8 Meat Maker although we don`t raise meat goats. Our goats prefer this brand and as we know what the goats like the goats get!
Once we get everything situated then we trundle back home to unload. It reminds me of grocery shopping and in a way it is! Only it’s the goats and poultry getting the goodies this time!
We put the chicken feed in a large plastic barrel with a tight lid to prevent the mice from getting into it. The mineral is dumped into a large bucket, also lidded, and taken down to the goat barn. Now the thousand pounds of grain has to be carried into the shed. We`ve yet to find something large enough to hold a half ton of grain so we store it in our shed to keep it as dry as we can. We seem to purchase grain every other month but of course that can vary. When the kids begin eating grain we run through more of course. Then when the kids are sold or slaughtered the feed consumption drops down. When we start milking we use more grain also since the milking does get extra rations.
After that busy morning Mister gave his lower lumbar a small rest. Toting hundred pound bags of grain can give a man a spasm! I do help as much as I can by tipping the bags down so he can grab them easier and by supplying a steady stream of witty banter and constructive comments. You know…I think he even commented on my comments as we were unloading.
Is a pain in the back the same thing as a pain in the----Oh that man!!!!!