Win a copy of Compost Teas for the Organic Grower this week in the Composting forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
  • Joseph Lofthouse
  • Mike Jay
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Devaka Cooray
garden masters:
  • Steve Thorn
  • Dave Burton
  • Dan Boone
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Mandy Launchbury-Rainey
  • Mike Barkley

Bulk Animal Feed Storage

Posts: 19
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
G'day all,

We're planning our second year of farming projects right now, and since raising pigs for the first time last year was a success, we want to build on that and buy more pigs this year.  I'd eventually like to be able to grow all the food I will need for them, but realistically, we're probably a couple years from working all the bugs out of that process.  In the meantime, I want to be able to save money on commercial organic feed by buying in bulk.

It was easy to feed 3 pigs last year by picking up 25kg bags in the Jetta once a week, but that won't work with 20 pigs, and at about $1 per kilo, the price is just too high.  So... what does everyone use for bulk storage of feed?  Should I just get a bulk feed tank that will hold a couple tons?  The feed store can fill a tank off their blower truck, and it will keep the feed nice and dry, but I'm sure they aren't cheap to buy and install.
Posts: 4
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
We bought a 40x8x8 storage container, and buy feed to store at a discount by the volume price. But our stock consists of 2-5 head steers and 3-400 chickens. If we need extra forage (besides the pasture) we have a local organic hay supplier. Since we have an agricultural license, the container is tax deductible. You may check your tax laws to see what will benefit you for a long term investment in a silo as you described.
No holds barred. And no bars holed. Except this tiny ad:
Taylor&Zach’s Bootcamp Journey
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!