Grant Award: $6,000
Ricky will be building a four-bay commodity barn to store and blend feed for his calves. Blending his own feed will bring significant cost savings to his operation, cutting costs nearly in half, or about $48,000 savings a year.
Three bays of the barn will be used to store the three ingredients he feeds to his calves – corn gluten, cotton hulls and shelled corn. The fourth bay will be used to mix the feed.
Appalachian Foothills Farm is a GAP 4 certified farm and sells over 600 calves a year to Brasstown Beef, but has potential to tap other markets.