Joined: Nov 16, 2010
Location: SW of France
I dig a little in scientific publications about the "montanera" way of fattening pigs on acorns of Q. ilex rotundifolia and grass during months of november and december, here are some numbers :
Each pig eat 5-8kg of acorn and 2-2.5 kg of grass every day (fresh matter) (0.45 kg of grass DM)
>99.5% of bite was either for acorns or grass (50-50 or 60-40)
Daily volontary intake is (g/day) Crude protein : 230 Crude fibre 183 Crude fat 390
Yield / stocking rate :
* Yield of oak is 8-14 kg/year, so this means you need 0.3-1 oak (Q. ilex) / day / pig * Pasture yield 200–500 kg dry matter (DM) of the autumn grass production per hectare * One article says "A stocking rate of 0.76 pigs/ha was established so that the supply of acorns would not run out before the end of the fattening period"
Joined: May 23, 2011
Location: Midlands, South Carolina Zone 7b/8a
At work there is building that has TONS of acorns around it every year. Since my husband is in charge of the maintenance of all of the grounds and buildings I know which areas have been treated with chemicals and which have not.
It would be great if I could find a use for all of those acorns.