hydrophonic fodder?

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hydrophonic fodder?

Postby Petercoates87 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:39 am

Hey guys I have saw this ad on Facebook bout hydrophonic fodder for cattle has anyone tried this? I guess it's like sprouts but what's everyone's opinion?
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Re: hydrophonic fodder?

Postby ga.prime » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:11 am

The feed value of the fodder will be less than the feed value of the seed used to grow the fodder.
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Postby ez14. » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:58 am

I've read about it it sounds pretty good but extremely labor intensive
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Re: hydrophonic fodder?

Postby Petercoates87 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:26 am

yeah I agree with you guys. it sounds very labor intensive n costly. all I thought was god I got 10 head including calves. so I would need to outfit my entire garage n basement to grow this stuff to keep these guys fed. n that's with several layers of this stuff.
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Re: hydrophonic fodder?

Postby ChrisB » Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:01 pm

Remember you won't gain any dry matter. So for the labor involved you could just as well feed the seeds if your doing it just as a way to produce feed. You may have some health advantages though by adding sprouts to your ration.
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Re: hydrophonic fodder?

Postby Nesikep » Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:18 pm

return on investment is really poor.. some stupid idea someone who has no idea how much a cow eats came up with it

I could see it for chickens or something to give them something green in the winter, but more as a treat/supplement than a feed.
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Re: hydrophonic fodder?

Postby Son of Butch » Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:11 pm

Nesikep wrote:return on investment is really poor.. some stupid idea someone who has no idea how much a cow eats came up with it

I could see it for chickens or something to give them something green in the winter, but more as a treat/supplement than a feed.

Yep, rabbits were my first thought, chickens would probably be better.... cows forget about it. :2cents:
Whoever is trying to market it for large animals is looking out for his pocket and certainly not yours.
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Re: hydrophonic fodder?

Postby ChrisB » Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:51 am

Visited a dairy in PA a few years ago that after some experimenting were big believers in the benefits. I can't remember how much they fed per head, but it went right into their TMR. They had invested $250,000 into their setup. Labor didn't look that intensive until you figured the amount of time vs. the amount of DM you get back.

Should add that they were really into organic.
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