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Old Feb 5th 2017, 10:05 AM   #1
 
  Jun 2015
  Kendall NY
Growing Fodder

I'm a newer deer farmer just started 3 years ago. I only have 10 deer currently. I read some posts on here and watched lots of YouTube videos on growing fodder for deer feed. Here's what I've done. I Just started growing fodder 2 weeks ago. I built an 8 shelf rack. It take up only 2 square feet. Each shelf has a 1/2" slant back and forth for water flow.I only water top shelf,which waters the next shelf down and so on. Each tray is 10"X20" with 8 drain holes on one side,2 trays per shelf. It has a tote on the bottom to catch excess water. I add 2 trays per day with 2 lbs of barley or wheat seed in each. Water 4 times per day, no sunlight needed,keep room temp between 60 & 70 degrees. Once all racks are full,I'm using about one gallon of water 4 times per day. On eighth day I feed deer bottom rack,which now weighs about 12lbs or more per tray and has a 22% protien level. I started deer with small amounts so they adjust to new feed. The deer love it and it will cut my feed bills by more than 60%. I plan on adding a pump and a timer so I don't have to water them. Hopes this helps some of you. Pictures to follow as soon as I figure out how to post them.
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Old Feb 6th 2017, 04:22 AM   #2
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  Oct 2014
  Garrettsville, OH
Apple creek had a right up on there fodder opperation you wont believe there production. I believe it was 6 tons a day if not mistaken.
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