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 David is trying to establish what winter food would have been used/available in those times for a variety of livestock.
After abit of research I have found out that:-
- Turnips were fed to cattle and sheep.
- Hay was given to cattle and sheep.
- Horses ate oats.
- Oats strawwas given to suckler cows.
- Chaff from wheat was fed to cattle.
- Clover was a fodder crop.
- Pigs were fed on scraps, peelings and pan scrapings as well as whey.
I asked about this on my farmingfriends on twitter page http://twitter.com/farmingfriends and found out that,
Winter feeds include:
- mangolds /manglewurzels ,
- grains, mainly barley, and oats for horses
- non prickly tops of the ancient holly trees used for animal feed when snow bound.
- pea haulm,
- beech nuts &
- oak leaves.
If you know anything about the Winter livestock feed in the 19th Century and know about Victorian farming, then please leave a comment and let us know what other food was fed to farm animals in the 19th century.