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Lettuce make kraut

July 4, 2009
Little Sweets

Little Sweets

No cabbage heads yet?  Make kraut from leafy greens instead.  I’m posting about this over at Simple-Green-Frugal Co-op today.

Have a great Independence Day!!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2009 11:42 am

    OK, I just noticed your header and it’s loose minerals or salt, isn’t it? I kind of got all excited because so many manuals for beginners I’ve read have mentioned salt blocks, but when I spent time at a friend’s farm as a girl and saw those blocks, I wondered how on earth an animal could possibly lick hard enough to get what they needed. Do your animals know instinctively how much is good for them of the particular minerals, etc, you leave for them to access? How often do you have to refresh it due to rain, etc?

    Oh you know me…too many questions 🙂

    Robbyn

    • July 4, 2009 1:53 pm

      Ding Ding! right answer!! They do know what they are missing, and hopefully I can provide what they need. They choose different minerals depending on the forage, time of year and if they have access to browse or not. When they are in the trees they don’t touch the minerals, and I used to be one of those farmers with the salt blocks. “Gee Clem, that there salt block sure does last along time, them critters must not need too much salt… .” That’s why TMR (total mixed ration including minerals) confounds an animal’s mineral balance. In confinement, or poor pasturing situation, the cow (or whatever animal) is totally dependent on what we bring in for feed. The mineral may not match the feed, and the feed continually changes. Soybeans could be coming from the Midwest, China, or South America, all different soil types and methods of farming. Fertilizers, and different soil types all play a part in this. That is why there is so many ailments with dairy cattle, and feedlot beef and pork. It all comes from the gut – and it comes out in the milk and meat. We are what we eat, and so are they. And just grass isn’t the answer either, overly fertilized (conventional fertilizer) grasses and hay cause problems too.

      So the minerals get moved each time the cows get moved. Oh, and they hardly eat much salt in comparison to the minerals.

  2. July 6, 2009 1:33 pm

    Love that header photo! It is interesting to see when their needs for minerals are higher. Sometimes its not when you would expect, that’s what’s so great about free choice, they instinctively go for what they need. Like when the grass is really lush and gorgeous in the spring I would think they are being provided with a bunch of minerals in the soil, our fields are organic and we’ve been working on improving them, so I know from soil tests we are getting closer, but they really start gobbling the minerals. Consumption also varies with whether or not they are bred and milking or dry, or heifers etc.
    That lettuce kraut reminds me of kale pesto. Yummy, I had some chipotle kale pesto w/ a hunk of cheese for lunch, delicious!

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