Field (soil) growing methods require hundreds of acres of land, thousands of gallons of water,
hundreds of hours of labor, tractors and combines, hundreds of gallons of fuel,
and large long-term storage facilities.
To increase production output, farms must proportionally increase all of the resource inputs. Crop quality and yield remain at the mercy of the weather (e.g., drought, heavy rain, hail, snows, high winds and extreme cold).
In contrast, growing Fodder reveals key differentiators in the way it alleviates the above-mentioned challenges. The Hydroponic Fodder is grown in a building, thereby negating weather disruptions, it requires only a small fraction of the land, water, and labor required of field production. Producers can consistently grow enough fresh and highly nutritious feed, on a daily basis, year-round, without chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
Hydroponic Fodder offers potential societal value through positive economic impact:
1. Time and money savings that offer profitability and growth potential to producers;
2. Live feed produces healthier animals which creates the healthier, and tastier food consumers seek;
3. New avenues open for food production (i.e., more land for food crops) to meet global food needs.
Land on a Stand!
Hydroponic Fodder grown on an automated growing system represents a true vertical farming methodology. Several hundred acres of crop land is replaced with a few hundred square feet of floor space.
Sprouting grains causes increased activities of hydrolytic enzymes, improvements in the contents of
total proteins, fat, certain essential amino acids, total sugars, B-group vitamins, and decrease in dry matter,
starch and anti-nutrients.
The increased contents of protein, fat, fiber and total ash are only apparent and attributable to the
disappearance of starch.
However, improvements in amino acid composition, B-group vitamins, protein and starch digestibility,
and decreases in phytates and protease inhibitors are the metabolic effects of the sprouting process.
Hydroponic feed is a tremendous source of digestive enzymes. Enzymes act as biological catalysts needed for the complete digestion of protein, carbohydrates & fats. The physiology of vitamins, minerals and trace elements is also dependent on enzyme activity.
Being eaten while extremely young, "alive" and rapidly developing, hydroponic feed has been acclaimed as the "most enzyme-rich food on the planet". When seeds are sprouted, minerals chelate or merge with protein, in a way that increases their function. The conversion of storage proteins of cereal grains into albumins and globulins during hydroponic growing improve the quality of cereal proteins.
The high digestibility of sprouted grain feed means that the animal consumes less dry matter to produce the same results. Animals eating sprouted grains use less energy for digestion and absorption allowing the unused energy to be channeled into production.
The net improvement is in energy available for production including weight gain, milk and reproduction.
With a Fodder system their is complete independence from the weather or lack of weather. One acre of irrigated land requires 20" of Irrigation or 543,000 gallons of water to grow a crop. Corn Silage requires 18,100 gallons per ton, Alfalfa requires 77,572 gallons per ton, Fodder requires 1,200 gallons per ton,
Fertilizer and Chemicals
Fodder is grown in an environmentally controlled building that protects you feed from the elements. The building is typically insulated, heated, cooled with humidity control to give the Fodder the perfect environment to grow. Fertilizers and chemicals are not required to grow fodder.
Green House Gas
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction is accepted as an important activity in helping to safeguard against future climate change. Crop production is a significant contributor to agriculture GHG emissions. Emissions from crop production can be reduced using hydroponics to grow crops with minimal inputs.
Hydroponically Grown Livestock Feed
Fodder is harvested daily from small grains sprouted
and grown in an environmentally controlled building.
[DA01] CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Hydroponic Barley Fodder Grain Alternative Organic Dairy Ration
[DA02] SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Evaluating Sprouted Grains on Grazing Dairy Farms
[DA03] SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
Dairy Scientists Evaluate Hydroponic Feed
[DA04] SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
Will Dairy Cows Eat Their Hydroponic Sprouts
[DA05] SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
Using Hydroponics to Feed Dairy Cows
[DA06] IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
Hydroponics Fodder Systems for Dairy Cattle
[DA13] UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Fodder Production Systems for Dairy Cattle
[DA07] COUNTRY FOLKS
Sprouting Grain for Grazing Dairies
[DA08] PROGRESSIVE DAIRYMAN
Experts Remain Leery, Farms Using Pleased
[DA09] NEPC GRAZING GUIDE
Sprouted Barley for Dairy Cows: Is It Worth It
[DA10] PROGRESSIVE DAIRYMAN
Fodder cuts dairy's bills in half
Dairy Sprouts New Barley Fodder Venture
[DA12] PROGRESSIVE DAIRYMAN
EcoDairy adopts New Feeding Systems
[EQ01] HOLISTIC HORSE
Fodder: Food of the Future
[EQ02] THE HORSE
Is Hydroponic Feed in Your Horses Future
Feeding Sprouted Grains to Horses
[EQ04] NATURAL HORSE
Sprouts - Not Just for People
[EQ05] EQUINE WELLNESS
Hydroponic Farming for Your Horse
[EQ06] FARM FORUM
Fodder for Horses
[GF01] INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARLY RESEARCH
Green Fodder Production and Water Use
[GF02] EGERTON UNIVERSITY
Fodder Production Using Hydroponic Technology
[GF03] NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
Feeding Value of Sprouted Grains
[GF04] TAMIL NADU UNIVERSITY
Hydroponic Green Fodder Production
[GF05] RESEARCH GATE
Opinion About Sprouted Barley
Effect of Sprouting Barley
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