Poultry, pigs, sheep, cattle and goats all love pumpkins and winter squash. The Magel roots grow huge, up to two feet long and more. Your email address will not be published. A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. There is error while submitting your request. Specialization is for insects. They're very easy to scatter plant. -Robert A. Heinlein, Living in Anjou , France, For the many not for the few http://www.permies.com/t/80/31583/projects/Permie-Pennies-France#330873, The sun's a light bulb and the moon is a mirror-- Gord Downie, “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.”― Albert Einstein. Our experts will call you on your preferred time. Historically, dairy and beef cattle were fed up to 30 pounds of chopped mangels per day. Today, it’s being rediscovered on small farmsteads as a great feed for livestock, particularly chickens. Mangel beets used to be grown extensively as a livestock feed on small farms; however, usage dwindled in the US as large farms became the norm. If you are equipped to plant them on a field scale it would be. The biggest difference is that while cool-season forage is going dormant in the middle of summer, corn plants are thriving. Their high water and sugar content makes them attractive to poultry and livestock. My one, Location: Alekovo near Svishtov, Bulgaria. They’re nothing to sneeze at, even on a small-scale basis, as they contain about the same amount of protein, less fat and more minerals than corn. Mangels are drought-tolerant and nutritious, offering 11.3 percent protein for roots and 17 percent for aerial parts. Mangel beets used to be grown extensively as a livestock feed on small farms; however, usage dwindled in the US as large farms became the norm. They should be stored until late December to concentrate their sugar content and increase palatability. You could also grow 1 to 2 acres of dent corn to feed your stock. I realized I did nt have enough garden space and the mangels were not worth the space they took up. Goats, sheep and pigs love them, too. Today, it’s being rediscovered on small farmsteads as a great feed for livestock, particularly chickens. It also matures in 95 to 110 days, yielding two or three ears of white, milky sweet corn per 8-foot stalk. Two types to consider for livestock are the prolific Hubbard and butternut, as each are useful in cooking and baking, as well as in feeding to animals. Improperly stored corn can mold and cause animals to become ill, to refuse the feed, or to experience reduced productivity. Both are easy to harvest, as one-half to two-thirds of the root matures above ground. Nathaniel Newman Stowell, of Burlington, N.J., developed Stowell’s Evergreen sweet corn in 1848. Henry in Feeds and Feeding; a Handbook for the Student and Stockman (published by the author, 1911). As long as other forages are available the pigs tend to eat the tops in the summer and the tubers in the fall to winter. Fortunately most of it grows above the soil. Feeding mangels to male sheep and goats contributes to urinary stones, so they shouldn’t be fed to wethers, rams or bucks. To truly have a balanced ration for your animals, get your alternative feeds tested for nutritional content and work with a veterinarian or nutritionist to develop the right feed program. And the seed is very cheap, about 5 euros for 20kg. Root crops are injured by heavy frosts, so harvest mangels in late fall before a hard freeze. European farmers were growing mangels by the mid-1500s, both as animal feed and as table fare during food shortages. Chickens, for instance, swoon for leftover fruit, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, corn, herbs and greens, such as lettuce and beet, carrot, radish and turnip tops. Mangels frozen in the field quickly rot in storage; otherwise, they keep well through spring. Nutritional quality isn’t so high that you shouldn’t supplement other feed sources, especially for growing, lactating or pregnant animals, however. I am now very encouraged these fodder plants can be successful in my low rainfall area. Feeding 25 to 40 pounds per day per 1,000 pounds of an animal’s body weight is acceptable. Danvers is a thick-rooted, cone-shaped, disease-resistant, dark-orange carrot with a small, yellowish core. Potatoes According to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, potatoes can be fed to livestock. Pack them in a spare refrigerator; store them in a cool, damp basement buried in boxes of sand; or in milder climates where winters aren’t too harsh, simply pile them up and overwinter them in the garden covered with a thick layer of sawdust and leaves. Check them weekly for spoilage. Their nourishing tops can be harvested and fed green. It has large, yellow kernels and a skinny, red cob. Bonus: By choosing heirloom varieties, you can grow delicious corn that, unlike most garden and field corn grown today, is not genetically modified. It is usual to put the cut roots into the feed box and sprinkle meal over them,” according to W.A. One variety is Reid’s Yellow Dent—at one time the most popular variety in the Corn Belt. We have grown mangels for two years for our pigs and poultry. Mangels (also Fodder Beets) are very easy to grow, producing roots that store well. I've grown them several years. It matures in 70 to 80 days and thrives even in carrot-unfriendly, heavy soils and summer heat. Heirloom varieties to consider for stock feed include Danvers and St. Valery carrots. 1699 (USDA; 1937). If you have livestock or poultry this is great animal feed. The principle of livestock feeding and nutrition must be understood and applied in any livestock farms. Pigs loved them. And the seed is very cheap, about 5 euros for 20kg. Consider garden and orchard waste: corn stalks, bolted lettuce, pea vines, lawn clippings (not treated with chemicals, of course). Why toss them on the compost heap when some of your animals could eat them? In days gone by, people like you and I raised or foraged a significant amount of feed for livestock—be it a household dairy cow or goat, a pig raised for slaughter, or a coop of hens. Mangle wurzels are still grown in the UK commercially as, Raised golden eckdorf in my garden last year for pigs. If you don't have a mangel shredder, a block of wood and a machete will do the trick. Sue Weaver lives in the Arkansas Ozarks with her husband and a fine array of animal friends including goats, sheep, horses, chickens, a donkey, a llama and a pet razorback hog. Also, rotten or moldy foods can cause health issues or reduced productivity for livestock and poultry, especially when fed in large quantities. Mangel beets are highly nutritious and have been cultivated as livestock feed for over 1000 years. When growing corn for fresh eating, freezing and canning, choose delicious, heirloom sweet-corn varieties that grow on tall, sturdy cornstalks so you can share them fresh from the garden with your animal friends. Cheeke does not mention any feeding issues with mangels or sugar beets except that the high sugar content means they are rapidly fermented in the rumen which might lead to acidosis.