Looking for good fodder solutions? Look no further!
Large-scale cattle ranches or thoroughbred farms usually have thousands of acres from which to feed their livestock. But the medium and small-sized rancher may be really cramped for adequate space (acreage) to graze their stock. These folks are in need of a good fodder solution.
According to the USDA, it takes about 1-1/2 to 2 acres of high quality pasture grass per cow or horse. And in the winter, when the grass stops growing (even in Florida and Southern California), you must buy hay and grain to keep your livestock fed.
Furthermore, many experienced livestock owners say this is the bare minimum, that 3 or more acres per animal would be much better. All that land must be seeded, fertilized and watered. Wow! That's a lot of expensive land, lots of work and expense to keep those animals fed!
As well, processed fodder such as hay, silage, chaff and grains are very expensive to manufacture and are prone to spoilage.
Is there an answer to this problem? An easier, cheaper, more nutritious way to feed a small to medium herd of livestock on your hobby farm or homestead? A viable, affordable fodder solution?
Yep, there is! The hydroponic process (using the Nutrient Film Technique, or NFT) has proven to be a fantastic solution for growing lots of highly nutritious fodder in a very small space. Hydroponic systems are the perfect fodder solution!
Hydroponic systems have been developed recently that allow for literally tons of sprouts to be produced each day, year round. This has provided a unique, affordable fodder solution for thousands of ranchers.
Sprouted grains can greatly increase the nutritional value of the grain compared with feeding the ungerminated seeds. In addition, they use less water than traditional forage, making them ideal for drought conditions. Sprouted barley and other cereal grains can be grown hydroponically in a carefully controlled hydroponic environment.
In only 7 days, you will produce sprouted fodder at about 6" tall with a 2" root mat, the peak size for feeding livestock.
The animals eat both the sprouts and the root mat, and with obvious relish.
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