Tell me what you know about the livestock feed called Chop
May 25, 2013 3:44 PM Subscribe
I live in a central Pennsylvania village that's almost 200 years old called Linden Hall. It was in the cellar of a home in our village that one of my neighbors found a bunch of old feed bags from the mill that used to be powered by the creek that runs through here. One of those feed bags looked like this
. It uses this term "Chop." So we began to wonder why, if Chop was a type of feed, why did it had a protein and fat content label? And why are there horses on the bag? Was this actually livestock feed, or something else?
posted by Toekneesan to Writing & Language (7 answers total)
So a friend who saw that image tells me that one of the old farmers he knows once told him that Chop was when whole grain plants (typically corn, stalk and all) were harvested and then chopped while still green. And then that would be blended with sorghum or suet to increase the caloric content. Again, this is confusing. With green plants and liquids added, how could it be sold by the dry bag?
Anyway, anything you can tell me about "Fresh Ground Chop" would be greatly appreciated.