Fodder Facts

 

What grain is best for Fodder?
Any grain and many other types of seeds work well for fodder. Your choice will depend on what types of whole grains are available in your area and their prices. Barley, wheat, and oats are the most common.


What kinds of animals will eat Fodder?
Anything that can eat hay or grain will do well on fodder. This includes: rabbits, poultry, pigs, goats, sheep, cows, llamas, alpacas, and equines.


How much Fodder should I feed?
The recommended feeding rate of Fodder is 1 lb per 100 lb bodyweight.  This should be increased to 2-3 lb per 100 lb bodyweight for rapidly growing, pregnant, or lactating animals.


Will fodder replace hay in my feeding program?
While Fodder is highly nutritious and digestible, it does not contain a sufficient amount of long fibers for ruminants such as sheep, goats, llamas, and cattle. Hay, in addition, must be provided, however; it can be clean, low nutritional value hay (never feed hay that is dusty or moldy), and they will eat considerably less of it.  Hay should be offered to aide digestion and reduce boredom, especially to grazing animals (i.e., horses).


Can Fodder replace grain in my feeding program?
Most modern farm animals have been bred for maximum production requiring concentrated feeds such as grain.  Fodder is more nutritious than grain and should be a good replacement.  However; every animal is different so it is up to the owner to be responsive to the animal’s individual dietary needs.


There is mold on my Fodder, what should I do?
Grain contains lots of nutrients and mold likes them just as much as animals do. To reduce the chances of molding, spray trays with a bleach solution and rinse them before putting soaked grain in.  In a hot, humid environment, air circulation from a fan can help too.


Can I grow Fodder outside?
Grains sprout best at temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees, and average humidity between 40-60%.   If those temperatures and humidity can be maintained outside, it is possible to leave the Fodder kit outdoors (like in a designated shed with insulation). 


My animals won’t eat the Fodder. What do I do?
Animals are often like children and are reluctant to try new food items.  It is always a good idea to introduce changes in diet slowly as well.  Offer a slowly  increasing amount of Fodder along with the animal’s regular food.


Is the sprouting Fodder supposed to smell bad?
There will be a slight fermented smell to the grain but it should not smell bad. Foul smells are a sign that your grain is spoiling rather than sprouting.  Drainage is critical for proper growing and development of a healthy root system.


Do I need to provide extra light for my Fodder?
The grain contains all the energy the Fodder needs for it’s six/seven day sprout cycle. The light in any room with a window is enough to grow good fodder.


Isn’t growing Fodder a lot of work?
Growing Fodder doesn’t take a lot of time, but it does require a daily commitment. The chores of setting up the trays and changing the water can easily be integrated with normal animal care chores. The Complete Fodder Kit takes care of the rinsing and watering automatically during the growth stage.