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  • Joined Mar 2013
  • Highlands, Scotland
  • Home is were my animals are.
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2014, 12:27:46 pm »
The farmers up here leave the barley damp and spray it with acidic based spray( cant remember the name ) Apparently it keeps longer ? They have been feeding their stock with it for years. Smells a bit like vinegar.  :thinking:


  • Joined Feb 2014
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2014, 05:23:27 pm »
this is really interesting on what other people do I fed my weaners sow and weaner nuts until slaughter but some times even they have to much fat I was going to ask if a growers pellet would be better but may be its  trial and error

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2014, 05:37:20 pm »
If they get too fat on sow & weaner nuts they may need less feed as they mature.  As a general rule of thumb weaners should finish off their feed in 20 minutes, gradually reducing to 10 minutes up to slaughter age.


  • Joined Feb 2014
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2014, 07:01:11 pm »
ok so maybe the 1lb of food per month of age is to much I will cut that down a bit and see how they are ,they do clear there food normally pretty quick

langfauld easycare

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2014, 09:25:36 pm »
propcorn is the name of that preservative it cheaper than drying grain. think it may be ok just on animal feed

Mad Misty

  • Joined Jun 2013
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2014, 06:36:03 pm »
Hi we had 5 British lops from 6- 8weeks old. They arrived on nuts but came with a stomach bug and had to have 2 courses of antibiotics and in desperate to keep them going were feeding glucose water.  After 4 weeks of treatments and nursing we move them out to ˝ acre of grazing. Fed along with weaner nuts.  4 pig were fine on the diet but 1 soon started to look poor and was not eating. After a visit from the vet and with the “you have done everything you can for it” ringing our ears my Mum turned back to the glucose water.  Desperate to get something solid into her, Quaker oats from the kitchen was mixed into the water.  Dad then got rolled barley for her.  She ate this without problem, adding back in the nuts, she refuse the nuts even mixed with barley and picked them out of the trough and was poor again.  It stayed on barley for the rest of the time, the other 4, still on nuts, were feed a mixed of the two (50/50).  Having all had a bad start they killed out at 30 & 32 weeks from 75kg to 58kg the lightest being the barley only. She lost 6-8 weeks in illness and was the smallest piglet, I don’t think they did badly. They have made fantastic pork, not carrying much fat but enough for great crackling and bacon.
This year we are going to do a mix of nuts and barley plus greens from the veg garden etc.


  • Joined Nov 2012
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #21 on: February 04, 2014, 09:47:23 pm »
I slaughtered another 2 at the weekend and these pigs were fabulous nice n lean meat  Rolled barley for me..
Best pigs ive done so far and 1st time on the BARLEY.. nice and cost effective too....
Looking forward to a nice rolled sirloin Sunday.... :P


  • Joined Feb 2014
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2014, 07:42:45 pm »
what amount of barley did you feed them daily


  • Joined Nov 2012
Re: Rolled barley
« Reply #23 on: February 05, 2014, 08:12:02 pm »
As per post 7...
8  pigs got 12kg soaked barley... 6/8kg soaked and cooked Maize, cooked apples aprox 6kg plus...... 3/4 kg nuts to share... so i would guess 3.5 pound of barley each as 2 of the pigs are corsican X wild bore and they dont eat half as much as the 6 commercial breed.  .1kg maize 1kg apples  and 0.5kg nuts..and some kale as much as i give them... 1 litre of milk between them.per day.  and hay also which was plentyful this year.. a few bales (7 kg) each  a week to munch..
Quite alot but a very veggi diet and worked well... from 16kg aprox to 65/80kg  in 12 weeks  well pleased cost in feed per pig 60 euro each including gas for cooking Maize and apples.... i cooked the apples as they seemed bored after 6 weeks of feeding them warm with maize they demolished em asap....... Kale is free i just collect non cut from field with farmers permission and 700kg apples also free and collected  locally.
So roughly 30% of feed....


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