News and Articles

11

Aug

2015

TREE FODDER FOR LIVESTOCK

Pollarding Trees

Author: Annie M

I've discovered a Facebook Group titled Tree Hay.  There's a good discussion on the Regarians Facebook page re: pollarding trees to feed animals.  Take a look at this YouTube video too.

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12

Jul

2014

Ramstead Ranch Hands-On Sustainable Sheep School

July 12 in Ione WA (80 mi. north of Spokane)

Guest instructor, Melissa Lines from SkyLines Farm in northern Idaho, will teach this popular event. It covers all the aspects of raising happy, healthy sheep by organic and sustainable methods. Topics include: Management principles & practices for maintaining happy healthy sheep; Feeds & feeding; Minerals for optimal health; Dealing with parasites; Managing rams; Housing & facilities; Rotational Grazing principles and practices; Fencing options; Working with Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGDs); Farm walk to see it all in action...and much more.

See website for full details: http://ramsteadranch.com/on-farm-events/ 

This daylong workshop is designed specifically for beginning small-scale sheep farmers, whether you're just considering raising sheep or have already started your flock. During this workshop you'll get up close and personal with Ramstead Ranch's 42 happy, healthy ewes and their lambs, and you'll go home with a wealth of ideas, inspiration, and a model for your own successful sustainable sheep operation!

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15

Mar

2014

Honey Locust

Uses: nitrogen fixer, wild and domestic animal fodder. Coppicing increases amount of wood available for use.

Author: Annie M

Take a look at this tree.  It's uses include nitrogen fixation, wild and domestic animal fodder, rot resistant timber good for fence posts and furniture.  The spring flowers attract all pollinators.  Coppicing increases amount of wood available for use.  

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8

Feb

2014

Tilia Cordata (Linden species)

Large tree with edible leaves, flowers, nutlets. Good all around tree for people and livestock

Author: Annie M
Linden is a fast growing tree reaching 100 ft when full grown. Leaves are good additional green in salads. Flowers make a delicious tea. Nutlets have been compared to chocolate. Tilia Cordata (Little Leaf Linden) hardy to zone 4. This tree is a very good bee attractant. Linden honey is of high value.
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30

Jan

2014

CHICKENS: feed value of alternative grains

Protein, fat and amino acid values of various, common grains

Author: Annie M

This article from the University of Kentucky compares feed values and limitations of various grains.

GRAINS USED IN POULTRY DIETS

Grains are the main ingredient used in poultry diets to supply energy. A variety of different grains have been used, based primarily on the location. Corn is more commonly used most of the United States while wheat and barley are more common in Canada and parts of Europe. Sorghum is often used in the southern states as well as Africa. 

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30

Jan

2014

ALTERNATIVE ANIMAL FEED

See the attached link re: poplar and willow used as fodder

Author: Annie M
If you are interested in producing animal feed on your farm consider planting poplar and willow like they do in New Zealand. Linden and mulberry leaves also work well as high protein animal fodder. All these tree varieties grow well in the Inland Northwest.
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5

Mar

2013

Holistic Management

TED Talk with Allan Savory

WOW!  Recently Maurice Robinette gave a talk about "Holistic Management" at the Spokane Permaculture Study Group.  It was very interesting but after watching this TED Talk video from the originator of the concept (Allan Savory),  I realize I just didn't get the BIG PICTURE.  Very worth while video with global implications.  Thanks for the introduction Maurice :).
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