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Scrub Trees for Survival Fodder

     There has been a growing movement for farmers to seek additional feed sources for drought seasons and winter. Traditionally farmers would set aside dry feed or silage for the winter, but many have found themselves unprepared for warm seasons of extreme drought. This, like everything else, makes pastured meat more expensive.
     The Australians have really been looking into this problem, and they have suggested planting trees for fodder during drought. If done with alley-cropping techniques, this can actually increase pasture production thanks to the windbreaks and shade the trees will produce.
     If your animals are having trouble accepting the survival fodder, or you aren't sure what to feed them, more information is here. Rabbits can eat anything horses can eat, and I think goats and cattle as well. 
     Some of the best agricultural information is coming from the tropics these days.
Once fodder trees began to be planted on-farm, the 
technology spread rapidly throughout the region, as
farmers quickly realized the nutritional benefits of 
feeding fresh leaves to their cows.


2 comments:

Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Darned right.

One of my favorites is Leucana leucephala. Nitrogen fixing and good for livestock.

chrissy bauman said...

Everything I want to plant is illegal. I should try to claim ignorance and just do what I want, however, anyone who actually talks to me will know ignorance/poker face just isn't my thing.

Leucana, looks like it needs to be in my yard.
http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/224