Improved Overall Health
Sprouted Barley Fodder will increase the overall health of the animal through better digestion and increased nutrient intake. While overall wellness is the most noted result, studies have shown improved performance in other areas as well.
The Benefits of Fresh Barley Fodder
Many farmers and nutrionalists use dry food and grains as the yard stick by which livestock should be fed. However, it is clear that much of that energy in dry matter is wasted by the animal in the digestion and processing of feed with much of the feed passing though the animal without being processed.
Unlike birds, animals have not been physiologically designed to eat whole grains. Birds store the grain in the crop where the moist warm conditions encourage the grain to sprout – a kind of hydroponic food. Once sprouted they can digest it properly.
The high digestibility of fresh hydroponic sprouting barley means that the animal needs less weight of feed to produce the same results and is the same as feeding fresh spring grass to your livestock every single day.
Eating hydroponic food offers benefits to all animals:
Nutritional Energy: Per kg, sprouting fodder holds 12.7 megajoules (mj) of nutritional engery. The total amount of digestible matter in fodder is 91% with on average over 20% protein and 20% starch along with all the trace elements needed such as Potassium, Calcium, Copper, Cobalt, Magnesium, Sodium, Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Molybdenum, Manganese & Selenium.
Because birds are the only creatures whose systems are designed to process grain, monogastrics (horses, pigs, rabbits) and particularly ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats, deer), struggle to digest hard, dry feed; our system enables them to gain the benefits of fresh sprouting fodder, which is precisely what their systems have been designed to process.
The demonstrable changes and benefits to livestock as varied as cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, chickens, deer, alpacas, rabbits and goats have been highlighted by many of our farmers. We have included some varieties of animals that benefit from a diet of sprouting fodder with respective feedback of both scientific, anecdotal, case studies and testimonials.
Barley fodder improves the overall health of the animal.
Beef & Dairy
- Increases milk yield and weight gain
- Reduces feeding costs
- Increases the profitability
- İncreases fertility rates
- Eliminates or reduces the dependence of land and pasture
Goats & Sheep
- Improved immune systems
- Reduces veterinary costs
- Low usage of water in production
- Very high feed production facility in a very small area
- Eliminates stocking and transporting costs
- Better quality eggs with deeper yolk colour
- Enhanced egg taste
- Improved immune system, health and energy levels
- Reduced feeding costs
Cattle Feeding Trial in WA
Tudor et al. (2003) examined the feeding of hydroponically sprouted barley on a property in the Gascoyne Pilbara region of Western Australia, involving 17
Droughtmaster steers (15 Q 18 months old and averaging 330 kg liveweight) which received low quality hay and barley sprouts over 70 days.
These workers reported – Over the first 48 days cattle ate 1.9 kg DM/head/day of sprouts (15.4 kg wet weight) and 3.1 kg DM/head/day of poor quality hay and gained 1.01 kg/head/day. Energy intake was 47 MJME/head/day, which was considered by nutrition standards to only be sufficient for low weight gains of up to 200g/head/day. This high performance could not be explained by energy and protein intakes.”
Traditional nutritional standards for feeding beef cattle cannot explain the liveweight gain observed. There was no obvious weight gain due to gut fill or compensatory growth. The better-than-expected performance may be associated with the readily available nutrients and associated enzymes in the 6 – 7 day old fodder being very rapidly utilised by the animal, immediately they are formed. They may not be included by the assay when in vitro DM digestibility is being measured. These nutrients could result in enhanced microbial activity and growth in the rumen, and consequently, better than expected utilisation of the poor-quality hay that was also fed. Therefore, the fermentation of the young hydroponically sprouted barley may have provided far greater energy than was estimated by the in vitro DM digestibility assay.”
A New Way to Farm
It is a well accepted fact that feeding Farm Animals is incomplete without including green fodder in their diet. Green Fodder is a staple feed for most Farm Animals and Agritom Fodder Systems enable it to be produced 365 days a year.
An Agritom Fodder System is a great addition to any farm as it will allow the producer to increase their carrying capacity without the cost of purchasing additional land.