Hydroponics Farming


Farm Fodder Sprouters


Horses enjoying fresh green grass sprouts grown hydroponically

Horses enjoying fresh green grass sprouts

Alternative feed system unit configured as a trailer for mobility

Mobile Livestock Fodder Sprouter

SRF-Shelves

Replace 1 – 300 acres of pasture with one unit inside a building for year around pasture.

SRFs Alternative Feed Systems for livestock have been specifically developed to sprout grain and legume seeds for highly nutritious and cost effective livestock feed.   You may already be spending as much or more for feed as it would to purchase one of these units and feed your livestock.

Grow Spring Season Quality Green Grass Indoors Out of the Weather all Year around

Produce up to one ton of highly nutritious and tender Spring season quality green grass daily for your livestock inside the comfort of a shed regardless of your local weather or climate conditions. Any animal that forages will consume the feed produced. For example; Cattle, Horses, Goats, Sheep, Hogs, Chickens, Zebras and other Zoo animals and many more.

Cost and Operation:

SRFs Alternative Feed System units operate on an average power cost of $2 per day. The system uses only .5 to 1.0 gallons of water to produce 2.2 lbs of green grass, whereas conventional growing methods require approximately 21 gallons of water. The irrigation water can be re-used for animal hydration.

These units will produce highly nutritious feed at a per-pound cost of $.03 – $.06 cents. Additionally, dependence upon rain or soil moisture content is eliminated as this unit is a controlled growing environment. Spring pasture quality green grass fodder can be available year around

The feed is harvested in a sprout mat that is completely edible and high in nutrition. The entire process, from seeding of the growing trays to actual fodder feed, takes only six days. Growth is achieved in a totally controlled environment which gives the producer the ability to provide a consistent high nutrient 100 percent organic green feed to their animals regardless of weather or unstable market prices.

Depending on the size of the system purchased, a typical operation takes from only 15 to 60 minutes per day to harvest, clean and seed the AFS unit.

Animals consume all of the biscuit–the roots and the green roughage–so it minimizes waste on feed. You have a highly nutritional feed that’s high in moisture, so there’s a better hydration rate and better nutritional absorption into the bloodstream. It’s easier for the animals to digest.

We recommend feeding the sprouts on day 6 or 7 because that is when the sprout/seed is at it’s optimum nutritional value.

Even better, the AFS requires no pesticides or fertilizers

Feeding: Based on suggested Fodder nutritional data:

Day to day feeding: 1% of animals total body weight per day. For an 800 pound animal you would feed approximately 8 pounds or 1/2 of a biscuit.

Finishing Weight feeding: 3% of animals total body weight per day. For a 1200 pound steer you would feed approximately 36 pounds or 2 biscuits per day.

We also recommend providing about one-half this amount of dry hay to add roughage and improve the nutritional value of each feeding.

Note:  You may already be spending as much money feeding your livestock as it would take for a short period of time to feed your livestock very well and pay for a Livestock sprouter!

1.  Multiply 2 pounds of grain x the number of full size horses or cattle you plan to feed x the $cost of the grain per pound.

2.  Add the cost of hay, 45 gallons of water daily, $1-2 for electricity to get a total daily cost.

3.  Multiply the daily cost x 30 to obtain a monthly cost.

4.  Compare the daily and monthly cost of feeding the high quality fresh green grass sprouts versus your current daily and monthly cost and quality.

For more information

See http://shop.hydroponicsfarming.com/Sprouters_c38.htm

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  1. Greg Stansell said,

    Very interested would like to look at a system I am in west texas


  2. Great publish, thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Mike said,

    but where do we get the seeds?


    • We recommend Barley simply because it seems to have the most nutritional value of any of the grain sprouts but you can use oats, wheat, etc. Simply adapt your sprouts to the most economical and nutritional grains available. Just be sure that any grain that you buy from your local feed store is designed for feeding and not for planting which may contain fertilizer or insecticide coating. You can even mix grains to make a nutritional salad for your livestock.

  4. Shivayogi Bg said,

    Sir,

    i am from India. I need fodder system to feed my 200 goats. pl.s tell me that how many kgs of wet Hydroponic fodder should i feed per goat per day? and suggest the model according to that.

    my goat weighs 30 kgs.


    • We normally recommend 1.8 kg of sprouts per full size goat as an average.
      Therefor 200 goats would need about 180 kg of sprouts daily.

      This weight can vary depending upon what other feed is available.

  5. Ilias said,

    my name is Ilias and I have 200 milking cows in Greece . How much would cost me to buy a unit for those cows


    • Ilias,
      We normally recommend 15 pounds (6.8 kg) of fodder for cattle and 30 pounds (13.6 kg) for dairy cattle.
      Note: These are average figures to determine size of unit needed. Your numbers may vary depending upon the size of the cattle, the amount of hay available, and the current milking status of the cow.

      200 dairy cattle x 6.8 kg each = 1360 kg of fodder per day.
      200 dairy cattle x 13.6 kg each = 2720 kg of fodder per day.

      However, one very satisfied customer sent us the following testimonial: 1% of a 454 kg cow = 4.5 kg of fodder daily.
      The amount of fodder fed per day depends upon how much hay or other feed is available:
      “Dairy Feeding Results

      A US Dairyman started incorporating sprouts into his ration in 2010. Despite not being able to feed more than 1% body weight as sprouts, he reported the following results:

      Dairy Profitability

      21% Increase in revenue per CWT
      18% Lower feed cost per cow
      17% Increase in milk revenue: feed cost ratio
      Animal Response, Health, and Reproduction

      100% Higher conception rate (28% vs. 14%)
      85% conception rate one month (20 of 23 cows innoculated on 1st attempt)
      75% Lower involuntary cull rate (4% vs. 16%)
      Virtually eliminated acidosis and laminitis
      Eliminated veterinary bills
      No longer use of any copper sulfate
      “The cows are calmer, have shinier coats, and LOVE the sprouts!”

      We can supply units that produce the desired kgs per day that you would need.

  6. Alice said,

    What is used for the light?


    • Initially, sprouts do not need any light for the first few days then grow lights are used for the final few days.
      Sprouts grow from seed to feeding mat in 6 – 8 days.

  7. Anna said,

    can this be fed as a complete food? (No other feed served at all.) If so, how much would be needed to feed a jersey milk cow for a day? Thank you.


    • Ruminants such as cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, etc. need a small amount of long fibers to aid their digestive system. It helps slow down the digestive progress and results in more efficient absorption of the nutrients in the sprouts. The hay can be straw or poor quality grass hay, not alfalfa hay. The roughage can be provided on a free choice basis if the animal cannot access dry roughage in the field. We normally recommend feeding about 2 – 3% of the animal’s weight of sprouts for m lactating dairy cow. You should plan on providing from 0.5% (1/2 pound of hay for each 100 pounds of the cow’s weight) on up to 1% of hay for roughage. This can be provided as free choice in a common hay bale.

      Hay is less vital for horses, pigs, poultry or rabbits.

  8. Eddie Rodriguez said,

    I read the information on your Hydro fodder machine. I liked it. I am considering buying one. I plan to have a varity of animals on our farm from donkeys,dairy cow,meat cow, geese,ducks,chickens,pigs,sheep,goats. Is there a chart for me to calculate what is needed to feed this great fodder to our animals? Thank You for your design and product it produces. Eddie from Calif.


    • We normally recommend feeding about 2% of an animal’s weight in sprouts plus about 0.5% of the animal’s weight in hay for roughage for ruminants such as cattle.
      A ballpark figure for various livestock listed below may help as a starting point. The actual amount of sprouts vs hay fed will vary depending upon the size & status of the animal, quality & price of hay, etc.
      A 15 pound mat of sprouts will normally feed the following adult livestock:
      1 horse
      1 cow
      1 donkey
      4 goats
      2 hogs
      30 rabbits
      40 chickens

  9. Hafeeza said,

    Hafeeza! I read your article, Why you are not mentioning the price of the units, which is the first step of hydroponic farming. Can you please give detail of price per unit and demonstrate the production. I will be waiting for your reply


    • There is quite a bit of information that must be considered before we can determine the size of the unit that is needed for all of the livestock on a farm. For example, we have a sprouter for two horses that costs $5,300 and produces 22 pounds of sprouts daily. We have another unit that costs $4,495 and produces 125 pounds of sprouts daily. But the cheaper unit requires a more environmentally controlled building. Also, are you planning to feed 4 pounds of sprouts to 1 pound of hay or a 1:1 ratio or something in between for cattle and other ruminants. The size and type of livestock also must be considered. The upfront cost is seemingly high but you will be able to produce fresh green grass daily all year around inside a closed building at normally much lower feed costs.

  10. Elna said,

    I would like to know: what is your average recommendation per thoroughbred Mare and foal? Recommended ratio between fodder and hay and concentrates? 1 mat replaces how much hay?


    • There is no exact formula for determining the best ratio between sprouts vs hay. We normally recommend feeding 2% of the horse or other livestock’s weight in sprouts plus about 0.5% of the horse or other livestock’s weight in hay daily.
      However, the amount of sprouts needed daily also depends upon the type, status and activity of the livestock. For example; a 1,000 pound horse that is used only for light riding may be very well fed on a diet of 15 pounds of sprouts + 3-4 pounds of hay daily. While a horse used for heavy hauling may need 30 pounds of sprouts daily plus 5 – 10 pounds of hay and a racehorse may need 40-45 pounds of sprouts plus hay to compensate for strenuous workouts or races.
      Horse Owner Testimonials
      “Within a couple of weeks the sprouts gave them back their top line, a healthy shine to their coats, filled them up, and completed their vitamin and mineral requirements (with correct equine analysis and balancing).”
      “We have reduced our feed bill by 60%. Every one of our horses looks forward to eating the Fodder”
      “I recommend that all horse owners, especially performance horses, seriously consider giving their horses fresh sprouts every day. The superb digestibility of the sprouts helps to significantly reduce colic and ulcers. The lack of dust from dry feed in turn helps with the respiration and will reduce vet bills.” –
      Don’t try to compare the dry portion of sprouts vs the dry portion of grain or hay. The living sprouts activate enzymes and other beneficial ingredients that greatly aid the livestock’s digestion.

  11. lampros said,

    Dear, my name is labros and I am an ruminant nutritionist from Greece. The method of sprouting cereal grains is the best for ruminants as the ruminants like ewes, goat, cattle are not used to digest starch but soluble sugars like dextrose, manose, fructose and etc. Forethemore the secret of this method are the live enzymes that increase the digestibility of other nutrients that are been used in dairy ration like straw, alfalafa hay, silages and others. In ration formulation software for dairy ruminants with the dry matter of barley sprouted fodder to be around 12% to 17% ,in 6 to 7th day , NEL, ME, CP,CF, E.E, ADF, NDF, is not seemed to work!!! But as enzymes working with increasing M.E,and digestibles amino acids in pig and poultry diets , it seem to me to be the same. So, my two question are the following:
    1) Is there a matrix of barley sprouted fodder that show how these live enzymes increasing the digestibilty of other nutrients in dairy cattle diets;
    2) Sprouting cereal grains for example barley, to the dairy cattle ration, the logical is to replace cereal grains, the part of energy but lowering the crude protein farction. Are there any trials of your company to dairy ruminants what was changed in rations;
    Thanks a lot.


    • Very good summary. I don’t have at hand the matrix that you reference but:
      A US Dairyman started incorporating sprouts into his ration in 2010. Despite not being able to feed more than 1% body weight as sprouts, he reported the following results:
      Dairy Profitability
      • 21% Increase in revenue per CWT
      • 18% Lower feed cost per cow
      • 17% Increase in milk revenue: feed cost ratio
      Animal Response, Health, and Reproduction
      • 100% Higher conception rate (28% vs. 14%)
      • 85% conception rate one month (20 of 23 cows innoculated on 1st attempt)
      • 75% Lower involuntary cull rate (4% vs. 16%)
      • Virtually eliminated acidosis and laminitis
      • Eliminated veterinary bills
      • No longer use of any copper sulfate
      “The cows are calmer, have shinier coats, and LOVE the sprouts!”


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