AB12 stewardship bird feed mix

0.5 ton of AB12 compliant winter supplementary bird feed required.

We have trit, oats, and barley in store.
Theoretically requiring the additional 30% compliment of white/ Red millet, linseed, OSR, canary seed, nyger seed and sunflower.

Haven’t found the exact rules to work within yet but hopefully the forum will direct me to the sensible solution!
Thanks.
 

Great In Grass

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Location
Cornwall.
The seed is not that expensive all you need is a quantity of AB9 and add 70% cereals to the mix (homegrown or bought in) this can be a mix of wheat, barley, oats, triticale
 

spin cycle

Member
Location
north norfolk
Funny, I thought you were going to ask me that. :)

Out of 8 different AB9 mixes we have the 2-year Wild Bird Cover mix has been the most popular and if memory serves me correctly it was around £2.50-£2.60/kg delivered, with a seed rate between 40-50kg/ha.
ah ...this isn't for sowing....we're after something to add to cereals to directly feed to the birds
 

spin cycle

Member
Location
north norfolk
so for 1t of ab12 you need 700kg of cereal plus two lots of 150kg of small seed....osr could be one.......now the cereal component would cost 12p/kg so £84....the osr 30p/kg so £45.....the problem is the third...millet or some other....cheapest i can find is circa £1-25kg ,,,,so that component would cost circa £200......making a total for the mix £330/t give/take......now NE pay £640/t for that and for it to fed out to wild birds during the winter....BUT at £330/t it's not really a very attractive offer.....the solution is a cheaper third component
 
This years solution is to mix a bought in blend of 70% red and white millet,( white millet seems cheaper so not specifying the split might aid my compliance), 10%oats, 10%linseed, 5%sunflower hearts and 5%canary seed.
This with my home saved grain should be compliant.
Purchase trail of inputs from reputable supplier will help. Cost will be £550 ish per ton for bought in components and if home saved grain is £120/ton we are looking at £250 per ton for the feed.
Not going to make you rich but still viable and in terms of bank rolling the enterprise until this mythical payment day we stand a chance!
The numbers of birds in the feed plots is staggering. I often wonder where they were previously?
 

Mixedupfarmer

Member
Location
Norfolk
This years solution is to mix a bought in blend of 70% red and white millet,( white millet seems cheaper so not specifying the split might aid my compliance), 10%oats, 10%linseed, 5%sunflower hearts and 5%canary seed.
This with my home saved grain should be compliant.
Purchase trail of inputs from reputable supplier will help. Cost will be £550 ish per ton for bought in components and if home saved grain is £120/ton we are looking at £250 per ton for the feed.
Not going to make you rich but still viable and in terms of bank rolling the enterprise until this mythical payment day we stand a chance!
The numbers of birds in the feed plots is staggering. I often wonder where they were previously?
Where did you source the millet etc from if you don't mind me asking, as I need a mix for the same job, and am trying to find a cheap source?
 
Sourced a blend to mix with my cereals from Chris Bright.
Best contact will be Ben on 01722744494.
Think they buy it in and sell on as do most but quick, efficient and will provide the necessary trail for paperwork purposes etc.
 

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