sugarbeet shreds

General discussion on feeding, quantity, types, etc.
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alison stephen
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sugarbeet shreds

Post by alison stephen » Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:54 pm

we have inherited quite a few 20kg bags of this, have read that its suitable for pigs but unsure of the amount to give, mix it with their nuts? or do i pre soak it?? im sure someone can advise!

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Post by Darrell » Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:09 pm

I personally soak it for 24 hours then give a large handfull per pig as a treat.A small amount goes a long way, has it got instructions on the bag? If you don't soak it, it may swell up in their stomachs.You usually add 5 times water to the weight of beet.For instance 24 ounces does about 8 pigs.

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Post by wendy scu » Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:12 pm

I use the shreds and they take a bit less water than cubes - if i soak one scoop full i put twice the amount of water in. not sure if pigs can eat it dry, i know ruminants can bt i wouldn't want to risk trying it.

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Post by Rowlands » Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:31 am

Is this just to offer variety or is it a useful addition to their diet? How does the cost compare to pig nuts? With 10 pigs to feed I'm finding costs mounting and wondered whether this would be a cheaper option to the nuts and pony carrots I'm currently feeding.
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Post by wendy scu » Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:43 am

i just give it as additional and a bit of variation but nut rations stay the same .
i reckon my pigs cost me about ?200 a month to feed

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Post by Darrell » Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:36 pm

Mine have pig nuts for breakfast and sugar beet with fruit and veg in the afternoon.They still have plenty of grazing at the moment.I have to do the sugar beet for my goats so the pigs get some too :D

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Post by cheryl » Tue Jan 06, 2009 12:48 pm

hi all can someone tell me what is sugar beet thanks x x

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Post by Darrell » Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:34 pm

Sugar beet is a plant grown by farmers in the u.k the top leaves are used as animal feed and the roots are processed into sugar. For animals you will find it sold as shreds or nuts at your local feed mill.

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Post by cheryl » Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:56 pm

hi all thanks darrell does it cost alot x x x

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Post by wendy scu » Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:40 pm

i pay about 7.50 for a 20kg bag and that lasts ages as it swells up to about 3 times the size when it's soaked

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Post by cheryl » Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:40 pm

hi all thats good ill ask at the place where i buy pig nuts from x

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