Fodder is the sprouted seed of just about any grain. Wheat seed and Barley seed are about equal in nutrition and protein percentage (Depending on what type/variety of Wheat or Barley you get). Both, when sprouted as fodder, test out between 13% - 20% protein. In addition to the really nice protein, fodder also has an abundance of nutrients, enzymes and probiotics. These are the things which are lost when any grain or hay is cut, dried and processed, basically made in to "hay" to bale or chopped and stored for silage.
It is a fact that up to 50% (and sometimes up to 75%) of all the nutrients (which can include protein) are lost when you harvest,
dry and then process any grain/hay, significantly reducing the nutritional value
of even the best feed. And of course,
drying out (being cut off from its root system) destroys the enzymes and
probiotic organisms in "wet feed" (anything growing is considered wet
feed) or "live feed". It is
the enzymes, probiotic organisms and micro-nutrients in fodder which are so
beneficial and why fodder is 80%
digestible. Enzymes aid in digestion and the probiotics are excellent in
keeping an animal's gut healthy. The
nature of dry feed is why so many manufacturers "add" vitamins,
minerals and even combine grains to try and raise the protein and nutrient
level. However, it doesn't matter what
producers may add to grains/feeds/supplements, if the animal is only able to
digest, at most, about 35% of what they are fed, then most of what you are paying
for ends up out the "other end" and on the ground to be mucked
out. The higher digestibility of fodder
is one of the biggest advantages for your livestock's health.
Let's face it, ruminants and graze animals were never meant
to eat grain, their gut wasn't made to digest it. (https://www.thedempsterclinic.com/are-what-food-eats/)
Of course, that is something you will never hear from anyone who promotes or pushes feeding grain to cows, goats, sheep, horses, pigs, llamas, alpacas - any animal that grazes. Nor will you hear any different from the "old timers" because that is the way they have "always" done it, their fathers fattened livestock with grain and so did their grand-fathers (at least if their grandfathers were around for "the war" when corn production was higher than human consumption so they started feeding it to their cows). I think that is ONE reason I consider myself very lucky, I am NOT a 3rd or 4th generation farm girl, not even a 2nd generation one, so I don't have life times of "traditional thinking" to overcome. Bottom line - any animal that "grazes", eats grass - it is NOT a natural feed for them to eat grain. People feed it for the wrong reasons and in truth, grain does more harm than good for and to the livestock it is "meant" to supplement, condition and improve their health and weight gain for higher market prices.
Interested in knowing more about how to grow your own fodder? Call or text
(469) 396-7267 asking about "Fodder in a Nutshell" and I'll email you free my research & how to booklet on the topic.
Address: 5915 County Road 4710, Commerce, TX 75428
Hours to pick up your order made on my regular baking days:
Wednesdays – 1:00pm til 5:00pm
Phone Number: 469-396-7267
Found Penny Farm is a small, working farmstead. Providing items available during the week, all year round, that would normally only be available in the Summer months when the Farmers Market is open.
*Regular* baking days are Tuesdays - for our Wednesday morning "Dairy Run" - making pick up time anytime after 12:00noon. Fridays are our regular baking day for the Saturday Greenville Farmers Market.
Everyone knows that vegetables are seasonal … but some items, like Found Penny Farm’s baked goods, canned items, and hand-crafted items are available all year round!
Pick up at the Farm any day or at the Greenville Farmers Market on Saturdays.
Address: 2203 Lee Street, Greenville, TX
Hours to pick up your order:
Saturdays – 9:00am – 12:00pm noon
Phone Number: 469-396-7267
This market is to give Farmers Market customers access to Found Penny Farm Bakery items available all year round.
During the regular Market season, April through November,
Greenville Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8:00am til 12:00noon.
The REST OF the months (December, January, February, March),
Found Penny Farm will be at the Greenville Farmers Market Pavilion on Saturday mornings
from about 9:00am til 12:00noon unless the weather is really rotten!
ie - cold (40 degrees or colder!) or sleeting, or icing or snowing!
At these bad weather times, you will need to come to the Farm to pick up your items because
THIS old woman won't be sitting out in weather that nasty!
So, if it's bad, cold, ugly weather, give me a call or text
to make arrangements to pick up your order.
To order please phone or text in your order by 12:00pm NOON FRIDAY before your scheduled pick up time at the Greenville Farmers Market on Saturday, all year round.