The Fodder systems (Alternative Feed System AFS) are hydroponic growing rooms that have been specifically developed to sprout grain and legume seeds for highly nutritious yet cost effective livestock feed.
A selection of grains and legume seeds are spread onto the specialized growing trays and are watered at pre-determined intervals with overhead sprays. A set temperature is maintained inside the chamber to ensure the best growth and highest nutritional value fodder possible.
Each day you simply slide the feed (Biscuits) out of the trays, rinse the tray, reseed and push the newly seeded tray into the other end. The system holds enough trays so your desired amount of feed is available every day, 365 days a year!
The sprouts grow on the specially designed sprouting trays with no growing medium nor ANY additional additives!
Feed quality barley germinates within 24 hours of seeding. The barley grows in the same tray for 6-days and is ready for harvest as a 6 to 8in high grass mat.
Generally it takes six days to grow from seeding to feed out. This can vary by 24 hours depending on how well you maintain a consistent temperature inside the system.
The "sprout mat" is completely edible and highly nutritious as it is a living food. The animals will eat the entire mat, roots and green growth so there is no waste. Plus since your livestock is now eating germinated grain vice "whole" grains; your livestock is now able to digest ~80% of the feed vice ~30% of whole grains.
Fodder NorthWest does not add any nutrients to our seeds, you simply add your locally purchased seeds and legumes. The years of research and economic studies of nutrients prove that nutrients are neither viable nor necessary.
Only a single phase 30amp power is needed. The rooms come complete, ready to plug into a power socket and hook up to a garden hose.
The systems cost no more than $2/day in power costs to run as they are very well insulated and designed to be extremely power efficient.
The systems can be used outside in a paddock but naturally they will perform better with lower running costs inside a shed or out of direct sunlight in the summer months.
Our Alternative Feed Systems (AFS) offer low operating costs and requires minimum labour. Depending on the system size, typical operation takes from only 15 to 60 minutes per day to harvest, clean and seed the AFS system.
Fodder systems range from 90lbs/day through to 945 lbs/day.
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