Fodder Feed System Facts

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Wheat and Barley work well in the fodder feed system.  You can add Black Oil Sunflower seeds to the grain during the presoak.  Small seeds such as alfalfa should be soaked separately and put on top of the grain Fodder after the root mat has developed on the second day so they don’t wash though the drainage holes.
It takes six days to produce the Fodder mat
The Fodder mat is fed roots and all so there is no waste.
1 pound of seed will make about 6 pounds of Fodder.
We pay $9.60 per 50# bag.  Fodder costs about $.38 a pound or $64 a ton.Nutrition/Amounts:
Fodder is 80% digestible as compared to 30% for dry grain
Fodder is a little over 20% protein.
Vitamin A and enzymes are very high in Fodder
Barley Fodder is slightly more nutritious than wheat Fodder.
Day six is where the Fodder has its highest nutrient content.  After that, nutrients decrease.
# of animals for a 6 tray system: # of animals for a 12 tray system
40 chickens 80 chickens
30 rabbits 60 rabbits
1 horse 2 horses
4 milking goats 8 milking goats
1 milking cow
Roughage needs to be provided in the form of hay or pasture, especially for goats and horses.  Rabbits should have dry hay and chickens don’t need any other feed but do need oyster shell for calcium.
Some animals, especially goats and cows, take a while to get used to the different taste and feel of Fodder.  Once they have a taste for it, they eat it eagerly roots and all.
System Operation:
Seed is placed in the tray with nothing under it.
There is no nutrient solution added to the water.
Fodder must be kept between 65 and 75 degrees for optimal growth
Light requirements for growing Fodder are minimal.  Any room with a window is sufficient
If mold is a problem, you can soak the seed briefly in 1% bleach or hydrogen peroxide solution before the pre-sprout.  Adding a fan for air circulation will help as well.
The timer is set to rinse the grain for 15 min every two hours.
Water recirculates and should be changed every 2-3 days.


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    • Please call 2087570120 and I can give you more info over the phone if needed. Thanks

  2. Very interesting. What is the price of the 12 tray system and will it work in the winter?

    • The price of the 12 tray system is $315.00 and it will work in the winter if you keep it right about 68 degrees.

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  4. Sorry my computer was acting up. On your figures you state that fodder costs .38 cents per pound, and a ton is $46 dollars. 2000 pounds at .38 is $760.00 per ton. What am I not understanding?
    Thank you,

    • The cost of producing fodder is actually $36 a ton for me. It costs $13.50 a hundred bag or $0.13 a pound. It takes 272 pounds of seed to produce 1 ton of fodder. That makes the cost of a produced ton of fodder actually $35.4 or $36. That $0.38 is the cost of seed in Northern Texas and makes it $104 dollars a ton to produce a ton of fodder there. Still much cheaper than hay.

  5. Hello there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I really enjoy reading your articles. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same topics? Many thanks!

  6. Where do you buy your grain at?

    • I buy it at Roberts Grain. I may buy it in bulk and deliver it though.

  7. Where are you located? Barley grain has been my biggest problem. Finding a source that is cheap and then not having the shipping kill me. I built my own system just temporarily. Just using a watering can and a draining tray so the barley doesn’t sit in water constantly. But if it continues to work out I’ll probably buy your 12 tray. I just have room for six trays and I have three horses (one is a boarder) So it’s just a merry experiment right now The first day only one horse was interested in a small chunk. I ended up giving the rest to the chickens. But this morning, day 2, I damn near got stampeded when they saw the tray. They just inhaled the stuff. So I’m going to try to step up my production a little bit. But a self watering system would be so much nicer.

    • You are right! A self watering system makes all the difference in the world. Our systems come with pump and timer. It sounds like you are doing pretty good though with what you have built. Just need a little more production. I can help with that when you are ready. Thanks

  8. I am wondering about something called fodder poisoning, particularly in goats. Is this a problem with your system? Does soaking in the bleach/peroxide prior to sprouting take care of this problem? I have dairy goats and this system would be great so long as I can use it safely. Thanks.

    • As long as you take the precautionary steps of keeping mold out of the fodder, you shouldn’t have a problem with that. You would be able to tell by looking at it, because mold is the problem.

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