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I've been on a quest to find lespedeza seeds to plant in my pasture, as well as lespedeza pellets to feed my goats. Lespedeza is a natural dewormer, which has been studied quite a bit by the researchers who studied copper oxide wire particles, and when goats graze daily or eat pellets or hay daily, they don't have worm problems. Anyway, I've found some in Alabama here:

http://simsbrothers.com/index.htm

Problem is that UPS charges $41 a bag to ship it to Illinois! I'll be in Memphis at the end of this month and am going to see if I can find some around there. The very nice lady at Sims Brothers said their pellets are carried by Faithway Feeds, and I have found a dealer online that is about an hour from Memphis. I'll be calling before driving out there, however, to be sure they have it and it is in stock.

Anyway, just thought I'd mention this in case anyone is interested in trying it! I know we have quite a few southern members on here and thought you could probably find someone close to you that sells the pellets. They are $15 for a 50# bag. The seeds are $200 for a 50# bag, but it's a perennial, so should keep going once planted.

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What about someone buying a bag, and then parceling it out? USPS has the flat rate boxes...  "up to 70lbs"... not sure how many pounds would fit in a box, but the shipping would be cheaper...

Wow, enticing!  

Sandra Hess

Heartland Midwifery

Fresno, Ohio

That all sounds super to me and I did know about the lespedeza! Give me a sec and I will start checking to see if I can figure out where they are in relation to me or if I can find them closer to me even! Rachel are you talking about parceling out just the seeds for planting, I assume? I will see if I can do something about it, hang on!

Deborah, I need to see if I got the right feed! Hope I didn't screw up! I bought that Dumor Goat Sweet Feed! But I am worried about if it is the right one. Mostly because of the price difference. It was $4 a bag less than the Goat Chow! The bag is half turquoise and half cream! It is 16% protein. Do you think it is the right one?

Yes, ma'am, you got the right goat feed. That's an even bigger price difference than what it is up here, but the nutritional info on the tags is almost identical.

I'm planting a raised bed with wormwood this spring.  I'd love to plant lespedeza as well if I could get my hands on a small amount.  The pellets sound intriguing as well.

OMG! Is that Mrs, Sims not the sweetest lady?

ok 50# of seeds are $200. and the shipping to me is $28. The plant rate is 25# per acre!

Faithway Feeds doesn't seem to have a dealer within 120 miles from me, which is as far as their little dealer finder on line goes. So I am looking for a phone number to check on a pellet supplier near here. (Well, not to near, but the nearest.)

ok Here is the latest in my research! I have spoken to the lady at Faithway Feeds, who has graciously offered to deliver to me in Mobile next weekend! WALLA!

As it so happens her son is in college here! The college is like 20 minutes from my house!

I forgot to ask the price on the pellets, but I am assuming from what Deborah has said that they are $15., but she did tell me that the seed is the same $200. So no shipping on anything that she brings me next weekend! She will have to pick up the seed Monday though so we would need to let her know right away! I personally, because I have no pasture space can not plant a lot but if a few people want to split them up, I could maybe broadcast a few around here and there!

If any of you guys are interested in getting a partial bag and then just paying for the flat rate shipping box through USPS I do not mind at all setting up the transaction and weighting out the seeds to ship to you! Everyone just get on her and state how many pounds you would like and we will see how close we get to 50 or 100 or whatever pounds and I will get back with her. At least this way people won't have to get 100 lbs. if they can't use or afford that many! It is to late today to get more info but I think that tomorrow I can find out more about the volume required to hold a certain amount of weight so we can better determine what the shipping would be.

I am going to get her to bring me some pellets for sure!

Yippee! Yea I couldn't believe it was $4 cheaper and almost the same analysis. I was surprised when I opened it that it seemed stickier too! Think it must have a little more molasses or something in it!

Deborah Niemann-Boehle said:

Yes, ma'am, you got the right goat feed. That's an even bigger price difference than what it is up here, but the nutritional info on the tags is almost identical.

Patty, if you want just a few pounds or so, this may be a good chance to do that! Check out my other post and see what you think!

Patty Meyer said:

I'm planting a raised bed with wormwood this spring.  I'd love to plant lespedeza as well if I could get my hands on a small amount.  The pellets sound intriguing as well.

Yes, I'd like 5#.  I think I could at least grow enough to feed them some on a regular basis in the summer.  We'll see if anyone else is interested, and go from there.  Very sweet of you to try this, and it's just the way I love to do things! :)

I'm definitely interested, Margaret!

Hey, I'm game to try it! If I had the money to invest I would have went ahead and put in a big order and then just said ok guys it's boxed up who wants a box! But the stupid truck is getting a motor and a trans right now so I am real short! We all  know what that kind of thing is like and God knows I want my truck a back!  It is hard to do without a truck with all these critters!

The lady had said something about how they had tried that (meaning the flat rate boxes) but the bag wouldn't fit, so I am thinking that if that is the case, then it must be close, so we could probably use the various flat rate sizes depending on how much someone wants, the most expensive is for domestic delivery $14.95 and we wouldn't need one that big for small amounts! I am going to check back with them to see what they can tell me about how many pounds they think would fit in those boxes. Do ya'll think we should start a new discussion specifically geared towards asking if anyone wants to order any, or just wait to see who notices this?

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