Bamboo Fodder Research ← Spiral Ridge Permaculture

Bamboo Fodder Research 2

Today Kiran (our 10 year old son) and I decided to test the viability of dwarf  bamboo as a fodder crop.  Indocalamus longiauritus was our chosen species.  We cut our samples from a small nursery grove that we established as a mother for future plantings.  Our initial intention was to see if the goat would eat the bamboo.  We were surprised!

Not only did our goat start eating the bamboo right away, so did our American Guinea Hogs.  This is great news for our bamboo research because this particular bamboo has much ecological importance and can grow in the understory of trees.  It also has the advantage of being a perennial as well as a soil builder.  We will now start to experiment growing this species in our food forest understory.  We are happy to welcome Bamboo to agroforestry.

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2 thoughts on “Bamboo Fodder Research

  1. Ryan Dec 27, 2013 8:55 pm

    Thank you for posting the results of your experiment. My question is this, did the goats and hogs favor the bamboo over other options, or did they eat it in the absence of other foods? Either way this is good news I was just curious.

    • Cliff Davis Dec 28, 2013 5:54 pm

      Ryan. Great to hear from you. Great question. We had already fed the hogs that day and they have several bales of hay to munch on throughout the day. So they had already been fed for the day. The bamboo was an afternoon snack

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