Fodder refers particularly to food given to the animals (including plants cut and carried to them), rather than that which they forage for themselves in pasture and grazing land.
It includes hay, straw, silage, compressed and pelleted feeds, oils and mixed rations, and also sprouted grains and legumes. The fodder system we are focusing on here today is a hydroponically grown, quick turnover, and cost effective system. With many regions of the world experiencing record droughts and peak water becoming more of a concern for many businesses and individuals who own and raise livestock, seeking options and solutions to maintain the health and growth of their animals can be a challenge. Fodder is 80% digestible as opposed to about 30% digestibility for dry grain.The System holds enough trays to ensure you produce your desired and nominated amount of feed every day.The sprouts grow on the Fodder Solutions specially designed sprouting trays with no growing medium. Feed-quality barley germinates within 24 hours of seeding. The barley grows in the same tray for 6-days and is ready for harvest at a 12 inch high grass mat. It takes six days to grow from seeding to feed out.The “sprout mat” is completely edible and highly nutritious as it is a living food.
We use fodders in many ways such as :-
Fodder is very cost effective. You are basically creating pasture out of water and thin air.
The entire mat is eagerly consumed, roots and all.
Provides Superior Nutrition
Fodder provides a much higher protein and vitamin content than dry grain. Since the mat is living, it also provides enzymes and micro-nutrients that are not available in dry feed.
Year Round Green Feed
Enjoy the rich milk and eggs one usually gets only during the Spring year round.
It takes much less water to grow Fodder than to water pasture. Water can be recirculated through the system and then used to water other crops.
Peace of Mind
Grow fodder regardless of local weather conditions. A year’s worth of grain can be purchased while prices are low and stored to be used as needed.