Friday, January 10, 2014
Feeding fodder beet
This year I grew fodder beets for the first time and I will definitely grow them again. Above shows the fabulous chopping board I got from a second hand shop along with 2 of the hand held chopping blades. It makes light work of chopping up the roots. These fodder beets are pretty small as the first crop failed due to someone planting the seeds half way to Australia!
Below are some of the roots chopped up to sheep size (I'm not sure how big they have to be but I don't want them to choke!) The chopping board is fantastic as you can just scrape them off the shoot at the end into a bucket (bottom left in the above photo)
Today we had snow at last, back to winter now and the sheep are tucking in to the roots. I also mix in a handful or two of dried bread. I will slowly increase the bread quantities over time.
Here is the poor old ram......tied up in the barn......he is not allowed to have "sweeties," well not too many of them anyway. I always give him 2 small cubes of bread when I tie him up as he is really tame and I do not want to stop coming to me when I am horrible and stop him getting the food!