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  1. Hi All,
    I have been sent an email from David who is writing a short story set in the early 19th century on a small farm in Devon. It is a mixed farm and I am trying to establish what winter food would have been used/available in those times for a variety of livestock.

    I know that:-

    turnips fed to cattle and sheep.
    hay to cattle and sheep
    oats for horses
    oats straw to suckler cows
    chaff from wheat to cattle
    clover was a fodder crop
    pigs fed on scraps, peelings and pan scrapings

    Any more thoughts on this let me know.
    Thanks.
    Sara @ farmingfriends

    Posted 7 years ago #
  2. Hi All,

    Asked about this on my farmingfriends on twitter page http://twitter.com/farmingfriends and found out

    Winter feeds: mangolds, hay and grains, mainly barley, and oats for horses from http://twitter.com/Markable

    Swedes,manglewurzels,turnips. Have a look at Charles ‘Turnip’ Townshend and his four-course system and 'High-Farming' from http://twitter.com/tingenek

    On the Stiperstones they used the non prickly tops of the ancient holly trees when snowbound for animal feed from http://twitter.com/DavidACGregory

    http://chla.library.cornell.edu/c/chla/ there are some interesting historical farming books at this link FYI :-) from http://twitter.com/Big_Norm

    Isn't social media great!
    Sara @ farmingfriends

    Posted 7 years ago #
  3. Hi sara

    I was going to say mangolds - having spent many hours turning the handle of the root chopper! Although we did feed mangolds whole to the cattle & enjoyed fishing out our favourite shapes and colours - always a competition to find the best mangold!
    Pea haulm and beech nuts & oak leaves can be added to your list!
    TopVeg

    Posted 7 years ago #
  4. Hi TopVeg,
    Thanks for your response. I have not heard of mangolds until the last few days. I will pass this info onto David who is writing the story.
    What is pea haulm?
    I was watching Victorian Farm today and the sow had piglets but they didn't say what pigs ate in the Victorian period! I really like that programme as I love history and studied it to A level.
    Thanks for all your contributions to this forum.
    Happy new year.
    Best Wishes
    Sara @ farmingfriends

    Posted 7 years ago #
  5. Hi Sara
    We know Pea haulm as all the greenery left from the peas when the pods have been removed.
    My cousin lived in the New Forest & there were 'Mast' rights with her house to allow pigs to forage for beech nuts & acorns during the season of pannage. But she did not have any pigs!
    TopVeg

    Posted 7 years ago #
  6. Hi Topveg,
    Thanks for letting me know what pea haulm is. I have heard that pigs like acorns. It is interesting to hear about the Mast rights and the season of pannage.
    Kind regards
    sara @ farmingfriends

    Posted 7 years ago #
  7. Hello again Sara

    Forgot to say we also called mangolds "mangold wurzels". Is that where worzel gummidge came from?

    TopVeg

    Posted 7 years ago #
  8. Hi Topveg,
    I have just read that the television character Wurzel Gummidge had a set of interchangeable turnip, mangel worzel and swede heads, each of which suited a particular occasion or endowed him with a specific skill.
    Kind regards
    sara @ farmingfriends

    Posted 7 years ago #

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