Fodder Feed & Hydroponics
Feeding sprouts can replace 100% - 60% of your current hard feed diet. Horses that need a high starch feed will require a supply of starch from conventional feed such as steamed flake barley.
The high moisture content of sprouts benefits digestion and recovery after work. For digestive health it is recommend that a horse consumes a min. of 1.5% of its body weight as dry matter. This needs to be considered when calculating the required roughage to balance your horse’s diet when feeding spouts.
Due to the high nutritional value of the spouts, using the sprouts mat as the primary nutritious feed for your horse removes the dependence for often expensive prime Lucerne. Alternatively, you are able to offer your horse grassy hay or even straw, for roughage while feeding the sprouts
Other benefits observed that are associated with feeding Barley sprouts;
- Properties known to reduce the incidence of ulcers, inflammatory laminitis, tie-up, compaction & colic
- Reduce recovery time after hard work
- Exceptional growth rates in yearlings
- Stimulates appetite, especially during conditions of heat stress
- Fed daily, maintains a horse’s well being by aiding the digestive process and supplying protein and high levels of cool energy. This allows a horse in work to maintain the bulk essential for an extended campaign
- Improvement in general appearance and coat condition
- High in digestible fiber, which is digested into volatile fatty acids & is readily absorbed into the bloodstream as a source of energy
- Sprouts contain higher concentrations of the freely availably minerals important for animal nutrition, compared to grain prior to sprouting
- Helps replace essential fluids lost in work and increases hydration, especially in regions where heat causes excessive loss of fluids from sweating
- Provide essential amino acids and vitamins which encourages early breeding (D Cuddeford. PhD Royal School of Veterinary Studies)
- Higher milk production in lactating mares
FODDER recommends using barley seed to produce barley fodder naturally rich in enzymes that improves digestion, allows use of less expensive grain and decreases overall feed consumption.
Research shows that the fodder is high in protein and energy, and feeding 3-5% of a beasts body weight per head per day plus some barley straw is the best ration to use.
Supplementing with fresh barley grass in a typical daily diet of a cow in mid lactation improves milk production, increases fertility and gives rise to a healthier animal requiring less veterinarian care.
Barley grown hydroponically as a supplemental feed not only keeps dairy cattle healthy but can give premium prices from higher grades of butter fat in the milk.
In one study of milk production, with a diet of barley fodder versus one of normal feeds such as grain, hay or silage, a group of 60 cows on a barley fodder diet increased milk production by 10.07% over the control group. In addition, the group fed barley fodder produced a butterfat content of 14.26% higher than those fed a regular diet.
SHEEP, GOATS and CHICKENS
Sheep and goats show the same improvements in health and digestion as cattle. Pigs and chickens are sometimes raised in factory situations and show vast improvements in health and digestion.
Barley grass is rich in enzymes and can improve the environment for birds due to reductions in "sticky droppings" from chickens as well as cleaner eggs in laying operations.
Research has demonstrated that enzyme rich barley grass feed enhances swine production and is particularly beneficial to young pigs making the stressful transition from sow's milk to solid food.
Reported Observations from Sheep and Goat Owners:
- Good weight gains on poor quality pastures
- Improved conception rates in ewes and does
- Improved weaning rates in herds on poor quality pastures
- Fewer herd health problems
- Improved milk yields in milking goats
- Improved appearance of fleece in fibre goats.