Best Cover Crops that double as animal feed?by James Nakahara » June 21, 2013 7:46 pm
I was thinking that it would be interesting to use a winter cover crop that would also double as feed for chickens or pigs. I know from experience that pigs love amaranth, but I”m not sure if that is a legitimate cover crop. Also, there are some grains that can be grown and eaten by poultry without having to process it beforehand ie wheat, rye, barley, etc. Would it maybe make sense to broadcast a cover crop with beans, legumes, and other whole grains? Then when it sizes up, instead of flail mowing and disking, you could bring in the animals to eat it? Once they move through it, you could then flail whats left, and disk, bed up, and get planting. Anyone’s thoughts on this would be most appreciated.