James Landreth wrote:Next week I'm teaching a free class on home orchardry. I live in an area where people are very invested or interested in livestock raising. One element I would like to include in presentation and handouts is information on growing animal feed using drought tolerant trees and shrubs. I've done some research but it's been difficult to come up with lists of what works and what doesn't, as well as an adequate species list. I've heard that people use the following trees (and in some cases their fruit) for animal fodder. What is your experience? All ideas are welcome.
Mulberry (fruit for poultry and pigs; leaves as high protein fodder that can be coppiced)
Apple (fruit for storing as animal feed; leaves fresh and as tree hay)
This woman is really digging in to this topic like no one I have seen, she has been researching tree fodder and forest management for several years including what various animals prefer (including various storage methods), nutrition content etc. It's probably way beyond the scope of your class but absolutely fascinating
Also I must add poison ivy to the list, goats love it including vines, berries, etc. And all roses.
lm (I don't know much about this one)
Ash (same as elm)
Hazel (Came across it for fodder but I've never experienced using it that way)
Persimmon (fruit for fodder)
Storage pears (same)
Honey locust? (I've heard mixed things about using it for fodder)
Linden (I hear it can be coppiced and used for fodder)
Siberian pea shrub (for poultry)
Chestnut (nuts as fodder; leaves as fodder or tree hay, can be coppiced I have read)
John Suavecito wrote:I emailed Samuel Milham and he said that currently (Pun) the only model that he sees working without putting out dirty electricity is based on batteries, which has its own set of problems.
I'm still looking and investigating. I guess we don't have an urgent timeline. We got the right kind of metal roof going, so we could install it at any time. As I understand it better, I may develop enough confidence to commit to solar the right way. That's the goal.