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Fodder System Design + Trees (Forage/Shade/Wood),­ Raising Earthworms & Worm Tea

  • Jul 26, 2014 · 10:00 AM
  • Ron and Debbie Skinner Ranch

Designing your own Fodder System to feed your Livestock. Ron Skinner, after reviewing various ready to go systems, built our system to feed our meat rabbits, sheep, hogs, and poultry. We have also planted Mulberry and Paulownia Trees "Empress Trees" which supply excellent forage for our livestock (over 20% protein in the leaves), as well as shade/shelter and firewood for heating.

For the 2nd part of this meetup, Dennis Chavez will show how to build a worm bid and will demonstrate several different designs.  He will also speak about bin preparation, initial start-up, and maintenance.

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  • Ron S.

    For anyone interested, I finally got an account with Lockwood Seed and am buying barley by the pallet load. Any locals that want to buy it here are welcome. I am charging $19.25 per 50# bag. It is by far the seed that I have had the most success with for growing fodder. Just let me know in advance of wanting to pick up. [masked]

    August 15, 2014

  • Debbie S.

    See all photos on our Facebook Page "Homestead Life" Photo album Fodder July 2013 - July 2014 -

    July 27, 2014

  • Debbie S.

    I'm loading the different hand outs and written material that was on the table at the workshop in the Files Section. Go to "More" just below the orange header bar above and click on "Files" to find them. So glad to see everyone here yesterday.

    July 27, 2014

  • Eve C.

    Had to leave early, and still learned a lot. Ron and Debbie always have really nice events....they share so much and have true community spirit...!!!

    1 · July 26, 2014

  • Ron S.

    Well it looks like we are going to have a big turnout for the meetup so I am asking that you bring a chair if you think that you will want to sit during the presentation as we only have a few spare lawn chairs.

    Thanks, and hope to see you all there!

    July 23, 2014

  • Sheila

    We started a worm farm a couple of months ago, so I look forward to learning more about it.

    July 21, 2014

  • Ron S.

    Hi All, now that we have put a date on this meetup I ask that all of the people that signed up when it was first posted to check their RSVP to make sure it is still accurate. Thanks, and hope to see you all there!

    1 · July 4, 2014

  • Ron Skinner changed the date and time to Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    July 3, 2014

  • Sheila

    We raised one pig for food 2 years ago. We were wishing we had more "fresh" food to feed him. Our garden is going better this year, but we are interested in knowing more about growing food for farm animals, so we can have more of them.

    May 8, 2014

  • Debbie S.

    New much large Fodder System is finished now which feeds our horses, sheep, goats, pigs and rabbits. I added a bunch of photos today of the system, steps, and the livestock eating fodder at:

    January 18, 2014

  • Ron S.

    Since posting this meetup, we lost our person that was going to do the earthworm and worm tea portion of this gathering (due to a move to Mexico). We would still really like to offer this portion, so if anyone is interested in hosting that part of it, please contact me and we can work out the details.

    January 8, 2014

  • Ron S.

    Hi All, I wanted to give an update to the fodder system meetup...

    We are currently expanding our fodder system from producing 60 lbs per day to one that will produce 180 lbs per day. The new system will supply enough feed for - 2 horses, 9 sheep, 3 goats, 3 American guinea hogs, and 50 rabbits. Scraps from all of it will go to the chickens.

    There have been some challenges in implementing the system, but we are getting close! Once installed, I will want to run through a couple of 9-day cycles to verify that everything is running smoothly before holding the meetup. On the "up" side...I have learned a LOT and will be able to pass on some great information to all who are interested in setting up their own system. This will include system costs, feed costs, power consumption, etc. versus buying organic feed for the various animals here.

    The long and short of it is that I am shooting for a date sometime in February. I will keep everyone posted.

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • Debbie S.

    Troy and family have moved to Mexico this month. Troy had planned to cover the vermiculture (earthworms and worm tea) part of the workshop. We still plan to host a fodder system workshop once we expand the rest of our system. Would appreciate suggestions on what other skill on workshop would be interesting to combine with the fodder workshop. Pruning fruit trees? Or? Someone would have to have the skill and come and do this. Thanks for understanding.

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interested in Vermiculture... I really hope to be able to attend this event!

    November 9, 2013

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