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quinoa as pig feed  RSS feed

 
neil mock
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i would like to plant quinoa in my pig pasture and allow them to self harvest. as i undertand it, the leaves are edible, but they seeds themselves contain toxins to deter birds (it is rinsed for human use). would this be bad for teh pigs? i could let the animals onto the pasture before the quinioa had flowered.....but ideally this would be a self seeding system, so i would wnat to allow some plants to drop seed.
 
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have you considered amaranth ? or millet? both provide lots of fodder without the annoying poison factor
 
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We have a lot of brassicas, amaranth, chicory and millets in our pastures. They all self reseed fairly well with appropriate timing on the rotational grazing.

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sorry for the delay, i have been away from the computer.

i just finished processing a bunch of quinoa (not really a bunch, i have 3 kilos or so, but a bunch to be processed by hand), i was planning on dumping all the chaf in a disturbed pasture.

thanks for the feedback.
 
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