|Goats prefer Comfrey!|
Want to raise your chickens and livestock organically and naturally? Raise Comfrey!
Are you feeding your chickens, goats, ducks, and cattle commercial feed or alfalfa? You may even grow your own hay or alfalfa to feed your animals. There is another choice that is organic and easy to grow in small areas or over many acres and that is Comfrey.
Learn in today's blog why you should grow Comfrey over alfalfa !
Comfrey leaves are low in fiber, high in protein, high in minerals that can replace feed products containing animal-by-products and GMO soybeans and corn.
Over 90% of corn and soybeans grown in this country are GMO products. Alfalfa is going that route as well. Unless you are buying organic certified corn and soybean seed, you are getting a GMO product. This GMO corn and soybeans then are processed into human food such as canned corn, soybean milk, soybean ingredients, corn products, and corn on the cob. Your breakfast cereal is made from GMO corn unless stated otherwise. Corn and corn by-products are in everything and are GMO. Read labels. Soymilk is not a good product either, unless is is made from organic certified soybeans. Again unless stated as organic, it is a GMO product.
|Comfrey in the early growth. The leaves will be as big as tobacco leaves.|
Comfrey is the fastest producer of organic vegetable protein. The huge green leaves can be dried for use as hay, silage, or given as green feed. If used as silage mix 1/2 Comfrey leaves and 1/2 hay together. Corn, oats, or millet can be substituted for hay. It is so high in protein that if you use more than 2/3 Comfrey, it will get infested with maggots.
Advantages of Using Comfrey, over Alfalfa Hay
#1: Comfrey will not cause bloat even in young animals. The Comfrey leaves contain 'allantoin' which is soothing to the animals digestive tract, helping to prevent and stop scours (diarrhea) which is very dangerous to young calves and goats. Just what is allantoin? Why is this component of Comfrey so important to its healing abilities?
You can feed Comfrey to baby animals without problems.
#2: Comfrey fed to milk producing animals such as cows and goats increases both the quality and quantity of milk.
#3; Chickens fed Comfrey lay more eggs than when fed traditional grains. The egg yolks are yellow with a superior taste. Do they eat it willingly? Yes! I have fed my rabbits and chickens Comfrey leaves for years. In fact my Comfrey patch must be guarded with a 6 foot fence to keep the chickens from raiding it and eating it down to the ground. Our rabbits fed Comfrey produce beautiful babies who are fat and healthy. So giving it to pregnant or nursing pet moms produces beautiful and healthy litters. You will have to dry it and grind it into a powder for cats and dogs. The dried Comfrey powder can be mixed in with their moist food.
How Much Comfrey should you grow? Depends on how many animals you have at your farm. The more animals, the more Comfrey is needed.
It does take a large Comfrey patch to feed your animals. That is why I spent the last two days adding a whole new section of Bocking #4 Comfrey. It takes a lot of Comfrey to feed 32 chickens and a few rabbits. I want to brew up the Comfrey tea for my other plants as well.
#4: Comfrey is not troubled by most insects and plant diseases other than rust, and you will get more yield per ton than growing alfalfa. Comfrey leaves contain 23% to 33% protein, over alfalfa which is usually only 12% to 19%.
It contains a similar level of nitrogen as chicken manure, 2 to 3 times the amount of potash as barnyard manure, and is a finished compost immediately after it is cut and plowed under. Using one pound of Comfrey or more per row will increase production of that crop yield by 30% and higher. It acts as a growth simulator. You can also make it into a Comfrey tea to boost the growth naturally of all your individual plants. Why use chemical growth simulators when you can use Comfrey tea?
Comfrey fed to red worms makes big, fat worms. So if you are raising red worms as I am, you need to grow Comfrey. I have a whole bin of red worms here in Tennessee. I have found that Comfrey seems to be the best food to get them big quickly. They thrive on it.
#5: Comfrey roots are non GMO. Much of your soybeans, corn, and alfalfa is now from GMO seeds. Most of us that are dedicated to eating and feeding our families and animals more organic food choices, need to think about growing as much Comfrey as we can in our yards and farms.
Well that is all on Comfrey for today. I encourage you to grow Comfrey on your farm or in your back yard. If you are interested in growing Comfrey commercially, Coe is the man to talk to. Comfrey is grown as a major livestock food in many countries around the world. It just hasn't been pushed in this country. Farmers are not familiar with Comfrey and its benefits as a commercial crop. This I hope will change in the future.
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Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin