Home » MBJ FEATURE » Lazy Magnolia recycles grains back to the farm

Lazy Magnolia recycles grains back to the farm

Robby Peterson

Robby Peterson

What do you do with tons of used grain every week?

Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. owners Leslie and Mark Henderson decided to give theirs to area livestock farmers for feed rather than have it go to a landfill.

The brewery uses about 100,000 pounds of grains a month in its beer making.

It’s a natural “green” progression, said spokesman Tobie Baker. “The grains come from the farm to the brewery and then go back to the farm.”

Three farmers in Hancock and Pearl River counties pick up the used grain from the Kiln brewery to supplement the feed for their cattle and pigs.

The brewery estimates one farmer is saving “thousands of dollars a month” using the donated feed.

Dairy farmer Robby Peterson of Poplarville, who also does welding at the brewery, has about 110 head of Holstein and Jersey milk cows at his About Time Dairy. He mixes the used grains with chopped up corn and said the combo meal helps the cows make milk.

“It’s a wet grain.” he said. “It’s high protein. Cows really like it.”

Peterson, who’s been dairy farming for 26 years, sells a little over two tons of milk every other day to the Dairy Farmers Association.

He’s been getting the donated feed for about six months, and he said, “it helps out a bunch. A lot of farmers would love to have it.”

Peterson, by the way, said he has never had a drink of liquor. He prefers milk.

>>The brews

Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale is touted as the first nut brown ale brewed with pecans. It won a Bronze Medal in the 2006 World Beer Cup in the Specialty Beer category.

Southern Gold is a smooth Golden Honey Ale, brewed with locally produced honey, and designed with a tip of the hat to Hattiesburg and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Lazy-Magnolia-shield-in-Grain_rgbDeep South Pale Ale, crisp and clean with an impressive finish, doesn’t fit in any category of pale ales, but it’s good for all seasons, according to the brewers.

Jefferson Stout, Lazy Magnolia’s original Sweet Potato Cream Stout, is brewed with sweet potatoes and lactose (milk sugar). You can taste roasted chocolate, coffee and caramel flavors in it.

Indian Summer, a light American-style wheat ale, is spiced with orange peel and coriander. There’s a citrus hint in the aroma, but it’s not too fruity.

>>CONTINUE READING State’s first brewery since Prohibition will expand warehouses, drive growth

BEFORE YOU GO…

… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Lisa Monti

One comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*