We go through a lot of feed each year and we use fermented feed to help aid in the digestibility of our flock.
We are using Lacto-fermentation, which is a anaerobic process that ferments our feed naturally. Our feed contains Lactobacillus which is a beneficial bacteria
We typically stick to fermenting whole feeds, such as whole wheat and whole corn. We maintain a large flock and
like to spread our feed over their pasture as opposed to feeders as this promotes less competition for food, which leads to less injuries and a happier flock.
The shelf life of whole grains is considerably longer than cracked and the cost is considerably less.
We are currently using a 2 barrel method. This allows for the first batch to be fully fermented before starting to use. Once the first batch is nearing the
end of its cycle, the water/mixture can be placed directly into the new batch to allow for even more bacteria to continue to grow.
Steps that we follow for fermenting feed: