Monday, January 7, 2013

Growing Fodder (part 6) - Costs

I've been asked if the savings of growing Fodder instead of purchasing hay this winter have offset the costs of building my Fodder System.  Here are my conclusions on the costs ....

If you missed the earlier "Growing Fodder for my Goats" posts, you can access them here:

Growing Fodder Part 1
Growing Fodder Part 2
Growing Fodder Part 3
Growing Fodder Part 4
Growing Fodder Part 5
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For comparison ... 

At the current price of hay ... it would have costs me $1,100 per month to supplement my grazing dairy goat herd with hay each evening during the winter months when foraging is slim.  

At the current cost of the seeds in my Fodder mix ... it costs me $360 per month for the seeds to grow the Fodder.

The total cost of the materials to build my Fodder System is $408.31 (plus tax).  So, even with the cost of building the Fodder System and the cost of the seeds for the month, I have saved around $330 the first month when compared to the cost of hay.

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Here is the breakdown on the costs of building my Fodder System ...

Shelves
Item Qty Cost Total
10 foot 3/4 inch EMT conduit 24        4.25      102.00
10 foot 1/2 inch EMT conduit 27        2.75        74.25
1/2 inch 2 hole straps 160        0.12        19.20
3/4 inch 2 hole straps 48        0.16          7.68
Drain trays (bought at auction) 2        1.00          2.00
TOTAL      205.13

Irrigation
1/2 inch irrigation tubing roll 1      15.00        15.00
Adjustable Drippers (5 per pack) 6        3.97        23.82
End Clamps (3 per pack) 1        1.81          1.81
Hose End fittings 3        2.21          6.63
Y Hose connector 3        3.98        11.94
36" gentle wand waterer 1      14.98        14.98
Garden hose 1      10.00        10.00
Electronic Water Timer 1      30.00        30.00
TOTAL      114.18
Trays
Planting Trays 100        0.89        89.00
TOTAL        89.00

This gives a total cost of $408.31 for all the materials that I used for the system.  I am pleased that it has turned out to not only be a way to feed fresh green nutrient dense feed to my goats, rabbits, and chickens ... but, is also saving me money ... and, is really quite fun to watch it grow.

I'll be sharing my routine with the Fodder in the next post .....

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