Using horse feed to reseed pastures?

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  • +will timothy reseed its self
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    07-02-2013, 12:55 PM
Using horse feed to reseed pastures?

I know its crazy but can it be done?

I buy organic breeding mare feed and its all seeds basically. Is it possible to in the spring time reseed a starting pasture using it? It seems like it wouldnt take much to have it grow and it also would be cheaper then buying all the mixes of seeds it would take to get the same quality.

Has anyone done it? Can it be done?
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    07-02-2013, 01:01 PM
It's COOKED seeds, with added ingredients such as molasses. Won't work. There's a reason it's cheaper than unprocessed pasture seed.
    07-02-2013, 01:06 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
It's COOKED seeds, with added ingredients such as molasses. Won't work. There's a reason it's cheaper than unprocessed pasture seed.
Hmm good response. Reason I asked is because I was chatting with my friend and we were talking about sprouting grain to feed to horses.
    07-02-2013, 01:22 PM
Annually I buy about 3lbs of timothy seed. When I scratch the pasture in early spring with an old single set of harrows I hand toss the seed. Some catch in the little furrows and in no time new timothy is growing. Because I feed hay all over the pasture in winter, its is also self sowing.
    07-03-2013, 01:53 PM
As speedracer said in a feed unless it specifically says it is for sprouting (I have never seen a sprouting mix for horses) iit will not sprout due to various processing methods. Buy seed or change where you hay as seed will drop and sprout. Sprouting mixes for other animals may have things you horse shouldn't have access to. They are also more expensive than just getting seed from a dealer. If you want a blend ask the feed store what they have for horses for your area.
    07-03-2013, 03:11 PM
Green Broke
How on earth is buying horse feed with its small percent of grass seeds going to be cheaper than buying a 50lb bag of seed ?
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    07-03-2013, 04:24 PM
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Are you talking about the Hydroponic sprouting systems for feeding horses?
They were around in the UK about 25 years ago and got really popular for a while then there were some cases of water contamination through poor management of them that caused some sort of toxins - salmonella I think was one and I never heard about them so much again
I know they are still popular in Australia and I noticed them in a recent catalogue from these people
FarmTek - Hydroponic Fodder Systems, Farming & Growing Supplies, Hoop Barns, Poultry & Livestock Equipment, High Tunnels, Greenhouses & More

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