I have started mixing my own feed using natural grains. My first mix was Whole Oates, Milo, Cracked Corn and Soy Meal. This mixed in equal parts has given me appr a 19% protein feed and it looks good enough for me to eat. My price breakdown was as follows, all 50# bags:
Milo - 15.00
Whole Oates - 12.29
Soy Meal - 21.50
Cracked Corn - 10.59
This worked out to $0.282 per pound. However this was a one time deal, as I was quotes some different prices and the next order my Milo and Soy Meal are going up. Not sure by how much, probably only 1-2 cents per pound.
So,I wanted to see if someone out there had information on a Supplier that would ship me grains as I only really have one source in my area that I can find. Although, I am not sure of the cost of shipping will be any better than what I am currently getting. It just might be that my local feed store will be the best pricing overall.
When I started this venture, I wanted to see if I could get an equal or better protein ratio feed than what I am currently buying at Tractor Supply. I have been getting the Dumor Layer Pellets at $12.99 for a 50lb bag. That is $0.2598 per lb. What I mixed above is would have been only $1.11 more or $0.0222 cents per pound more. Although, what I have not considered is that due to the increase in Protein, and the fact that this is whole grains that they may actually eat slightly less of this feed versus processed pellets. Would this be a true statement?
So, overall I like the idea of feeding a mixed grain that I mixed and can adjust the protein percentage and substitute other ingredients to vary what they are eating a little mow and then. But of course, I am trying to get the most bag for the buck and obtain my ingredients for the lowest price possible.