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self-feed

[self-feed, self-]
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verb (used with object), self-fed, self-feed·ing. Agriculture.
  1. to provide a supply of food to (animals) so as to allow them to eat as much and as often as they want.Compare hand-feed(def 1).

Origin of self-feed

First recorded in 1865–70
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  • For this self-feed plan it is claimed that both feed and labor are saved, thus reducing production costs.

    Pratt's Practical Pointers on the Care of Livestock and Poultry

    Pratt Food Co.