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

  • July 26, 2014 · 10:00 AM
  • Ron & Debbie Skinner's 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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  • Debbie S.

    See all photos on our Facebook Page "Homestead Life" Photo album Fodder July 2013 - July 2014 - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.181010668735124.1073741835.180815755421282&type=3

    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

  • 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

    • the Czech F.

      I'm VERY interested in this but have a prior commitment. Hope you can have another go at this topic. I raise rabbits, too.

      July 25, 2014

  • Kevin L.

    when does the second part of the meetup start?

    July 12, 2014

  • Gary G.

    Sorry Ron,
    I won't be able to make it, I changed my rsvp to no.

    July 4, 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!

    July 4, 2014

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

    July 4, 2014

  • Dawn

    Sounds REALLY interesting...do you have a date for this yet?

    April 18, 2014

  • Ronnie M.

    Depending on the date and location, I could do a demo on vermicompost and worm tea.

    2 · January 8, 2014

    • Debbie S.

      We know the location (see address above in Aguanga) @ our ranch. However, no firm date yet.

      January 8, 2014

    • Ronnie M.

      Do you have a worm bin setup now?

      January 8, 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.

    January 8, 2014

  • CATRYNA W.

    Would like to come. Just need to know when.

    July 14, 2013

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