50 lbs Ground Corn ($9/bu – local mill)
15 lbs Soybean Meal ($21/bu – local mill)
2 lbs. Vita-Min Premix ($15/bu – Tractor Supply)
Made 67 lbs at a time, everything is mixed in a steel can, then brought out to the barn by 5gal buckets at feed time. Water added to mix for pigs and chickens. Used for cows, pigs, goats, sheep and chickens. One 67 lb. batch costs $15.60, or $11.64 for 50lbs., which is the price of corn alone at Tractor Supply right now–it was $12.59 at Southern States last week. Purina Goat Feed sells for $17.99/50lbs and is no better than ours–that’s $6 more per bag!. In short, we’re feeding our best animals a complete concentrate that costs less than stores are selling corn for.
Now, the plan is to slowly replace these ingredients with our own field corn, then, as our dairy grows replace soybean meal with dairy proteins and eventually create a free concentrate feed that will maximize our gains/profits and create the most efficient farm possible–from soil to cheese.
Note that this mix ends up at about 16% protein, which is good for any growing or pregnant or lactating animal. However, to increase the protein content, one can simply add more soybean meal to a specific animal’s feed. For example, in the old days, hens were fed a 22% feed. No problem…just add soybean meal to our mix–but remember that hen feed should be “mash”–add water, mix and serve with a doughy/crumbly texture.