fodder beet

Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by IH 684, Oct 12, 2017 at 9:55 AM.

  1. Some advice please. How do you feed it to sheep? Do the roots need to be cut in half for the sheep to eat the centres? Or can it be left whole and distributed around the field? We have never had anything to do with it. A local haulier can deliver it as a back load. Looking at feeding it to a shepherded flock in an effort to reduce costs.
     
  2. Tip it whole into the field

    first few times run over it to crush it so sheep will get the taste.
     
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  3. Kildare

    Kildare Member

    Location:
    Kildare, Ireland
    A rotary muck spreader is the best tool for spreading fodder beet.
     
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  4. spin cycle

    spin cycle Member

    Location:
    north norfolk
    what like a howard rotospreader?...or do you mean like a dual spreader?
     
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  5. spin cycle

    spin cycle Member

    Location:
    north norfolk
    r mcwirter of cumbria makes a budget tractor mounted chopper for £990....thinking of one myself
     
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  6. Kevtherev

    Kevtherev Member

    Location:
    Welshpool Powys
    Feed it out whole they soon get used to it
    @GTB
     
  7. GTB

    GTB Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion, wales
    Any kind of spreader. Rotaspreader, dual spreader or rear discharge work well. They can be fed whole without any problem but a spreader is a good way of taking a decent load out and discharging it over a wide area.
     
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  8. 66Longhorns

    66Longhorns Member

    We bought a front end loader mounted chopper bucket in a farm sale as we couldn't get our mules to go near it. Once chopped they went berserk for it and we just fed fodder beet rather than watching round bales rot in ring feeders. Our neighbours fed it whole or some had old skh rear beater muckspreaders that they just used for fodder beet. Very little waste or problems with it.
     
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  9. Bones

    Bones Member

    Location:
    n Ireland
    I try to get the ewe lambs to eat it whole , it leaves it easier for the next year,.
     
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  10. spin cycle

    spin cycle Member

    Location:
    north norfolk
    opinion is divided over rotaspreaders for fodder beet @ajcc and @neilo :scratchhead:
     
  11. neilo

    neilo Member

    Location:
    Montgomeryshire
    I have no way of chopping it, and no access to a dung spreader. When I have fed it out, I have reversed down the field trickling it out of a telehandler bucket as I go. Sheep will cope fine with it whole, but might get started on it sooner if you chop/break a few, even if that’s only by driving back over a few once you’ve trickled it out.

    A telehandler is a lot of weight on narrow wheels, so best kept off the ground if you can. If you have a muck spreader (of any kind) then make use of it. I certainly wouldn’t invest in anything just to chop it though.

    They are very happy grazing it where it grows in the field, and cleaning up any spilt beet after lifting, so certainly not necessary to chop for sheep.
     
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  12. Forage Trader

    Forage Trader Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion
    West Duel Spreader is fantastic in the field .drop the pan right down if you don't want it over chopped
     
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  13. spin cycle

    spin cycle Member

    Location:
    north norfolk
    i suppose it depends on how many you've to feed (time)...add on age and longevity you want?...and whether beet are hi or low dm

    chopping must be better....except do you risk to higher intake:scratchhead:.....tipping them out and 'running over them' must be messy:scratchhead:

    i'll have to buy some of @marshfarmer and try some through my rotaspreader:)

    also got some grazing in situ;)
     
  14. I had a go once with a rotorspreader, chewed beet to shreds and hard to empty. Sideland and tickover but last third of load needed revs and shreds come out well muddied! Need to empty it or get manky compost. Feed them whole where they grow is best...sometimes roll them out of silochop/straw chopper drum at pasture but takes time and hydraulic top link. Or shake a loader bucket at speed whole beet fine but I grow softer low dm grazing variety.
     
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  15. marshfarmer

    marshfarmer Member

    Location:
    Norfolk
    I can sell them prechopped through the KW :p
     
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  16. JMTHORNLEY

    JMTHORNLEY Member

    Location:
    Glossop
    Bet you can't get a load up to Glossop ;)?
     
  17. marshfarmer

    marshfarmer Member

    Location:
    Norfolk
    Sorry no passport to travel further than Norwich cattle market
     
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  18. Couple of years ago we were tipping 9 ton a day to the ewes, just driving across the field with tipping trailer raised a bit and letting it roll out.
     
  19. Bones

    Bones Member

    Location:
    n Ireland
    That would of been over £400 per day here,
     
  20. Andyt880

    Andyt880 New Member

    Does any one have any thoughts on feeding chopped beet to housed ewes? I can get washed beet localy. I will be housing my ewes on wire mesh from around Christmas time and will be lambing from 17th march on. I will have walk through feeders between pens so plenty of feeding space. I was thinking it could be thrown on top of the silage once a day?
     

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