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Fowlman

  • Joined Apr 2012
  • Wiltshire
Rolled barley
« on: January 16, 2014, 07:35:17 pm »
I feed mine rolled barley along with there nuts to try and keep costs down but recently i spoke to someone who feeds just rolled barley to there weaners from start to finish. She buys in a tonne and apparently that does four weaners. Anyone else doing something similar ? Just a bit worried about laying on too much fat.


Mine get 75% pig nuts 25% rolled barley plus veg/fruit etc.
« Last Edit: January 16, 2014, 07:49:29 pm by Fowlman »
Tucked away on the downs in wiltshire.

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2014, 08:14:09 pm »
I feed pellets until a month before slaughter, then gradually add in soaked, milled barley and wheat until it's half the feed amount.   I'd be concerned about the vitamin and mineral content of a barley-only diet.

Fowlman

  • Joined Apr 2012
  • Wiltshire
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2014, 08:20:05 pm »
I agree i think i will carry on as i'm doing but always interesting to hear others thoughts on the matter.
Tucked away on the downs in wiltshire.

Bodger

  • Joined Jul 2009
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2014, 08:32:11 pm »
I've fed barley in the past and ended up with overly fat pigs.

Pietrains are very lean pigs and of recent, I've been wondering whether or not you could get away with feeding pietrain crosses with barley.

mowhaugh

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Scottish Borders
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Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2014, 07:45:07 am »
We have just got a tonne of bruised barley for 50, so this is interesting! We only got it two days ago, and at the moment have just swapped a handful of the nuts for barley. 

hughesy

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Anglesey
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2014, 08:16:23 am »
i found we ended up with too much fat cover after feeding a lot of barley and or oats. It may be that they were fed too much though as it's difficult to guage the amount to give them compared to pellets.

Bodger

  • Joined Jul 2009
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2014, 08:23:25 am »
I once did a deal which ended up with me getting two Tamworth x GOS weaners in lieu of petrol money. I reared them using barley and cooked potatoes. To look at, they didn't look overly fat but when they went for slaughter they turned out to be the fattest pigs that I've ever raised. I sold a half pig to one of my neighbours who for some reason still raves about that pork to this day.  How he ever found any meat to amongst the fat to rave about  is beyond me. :roflanim:
« Last Edit: January 22, 2014, 09:37:18 am by Bodger »

greedyasapig

  • Joined Nov 2012
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2014, 06:38:32 pm »
We have fed our 6 pigs bought from a local farm (we are in France) and 2x corsican cross wild bore  on a daily 12kg rolled barley soaked..,8kg soaked and cooked maize.. ,5/6 kg, chopped and softened cooked apples and 4 kg pig nuts 14% protien.. eggs once a week and a wheelbarrow of Kale now and again courtsey of farmer next door i just collect what he misses !! hard work but free....pigs started at about 16kg now 11 weeks later they are between 65 and 80kg each.....corsican/bore 15/18kg each slow growers !!........... i have tried to balance the food for nutrition and they look well now im a bit worried they will be fatty from the barley..... they call it Farine d'orge over here and im told used alot in commercial pig / cattle farms.... it was less the amount fed to start with but these guys demolish this in 15/20 mins... as its vertually vegi diet i give them more than the 4/5 lb..
?????  what do you think???

i will be slaughtering the 2 biggest Saturday Fingers crossed

Fowlman

  • Joined Apr 2012
  • Wiltshire
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2014, 11:34:24 am »
Good luck with them greedyasapig.
Tucked away on the downs in wiltshire.

greedyasapig

  • Joined Nov 2012
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2014, 08:26:24 pm »
cheers will post Sunday on the FAT!!!

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2014, 09:05:46 am »
Rough rule of thumb for the amount of feed (irrespective of content) is weaners should finish it off in 20 minutes, fully mature pigs in 10.  In between you step it up according to age.

greedyasapig

  • Joined Nov 2012
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2014, 06:40:49 pm »
Slaughtered 2 of the 6 big whites today.... not sure breed as from french pig farm 3 months ago.
All was well with"" barley any Fat on them"" !!... yes they are only 6 months old but the Barley did us good.... and at 180Euro a tonne it was a good investment and it was crushed so we just soaked it!! as  a 30% mixed diet with other goodies and nuts i will be using again..

Bodger

  • Joined Jul 2009
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2014, 10:15:01 pm »
I wonder how the other whole grains that are available compare with barley? If you read the old books on pigs, they're using by-products from the milling industry that you never hear of these days. All rather confusing.

kelly58

  • Joined Mar 2013
  • Highlands, Scotland
  • Home is were my animals are.
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2014, 12:37:15 am »
Hi guys !  Is your barley propped or not ?

Bodger

  • Joined Jul 2009
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2014, 07:36:34 am »
Propped Kelly? I don't even know what that means.

 

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