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.
Eating hydroponic food offers benefits to all animals including:
- Increases weight gain
- Reduces illness such as colic and gut ulcers
- Improves appearance of coat or fleece
- Improves hoof strength and quality
- Improves fertility and birth rates
- Improves milk yield and levels of unsaturated fatty acids (UFA)
When asked if they would agree that the introduction of fresh green grass into the diet of an animal on a daily basis is a good thing, the vast majority reply positively.
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
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.
In every case our sprouting fodder grown with the scientifically developed nutrients, not only improves the health of the animal but also the nutrients eliminate moulds and fungi.