The World of Hydroponic Fodder

Hydroponic Fodder offers everything you need to know about the growing demand for Hydroponic Fodder. We list all the Hydroponic fodder companies around the world at a click of a button. This specalised industry is booming so here at Hydroponic fodder we would like to bring the Hydroponic farming community together so we can all offer our advice and experience.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Farmers eke out fodder with canned pasture

Vanessa Burrow

November 8, 2006 The Age, Melbourne Australia

"IT'S like a paddock in a can, really," Glenda Wootton says, describing her hydroponic fodder


The Tasmanian farmer runs about 200 head of cattle on 48.6 hectares and supplements their

feed with up to a tonne of barley shoots a day. The shoots are grown in a 100-square-metre

insulated and air-conditioned shed equipped with a hydroponics system.

In total, her hydroponics package has a $150,000 price tag but Ms Wootton is quick to defend

the investment.

"It's like a couple of extra hundred acres," she says. "It's not that much (money) when you

consider how much you would pay for a quality piece of land."

The inventor of the Commercial Hydroponic Fodder System, Peter Doyle, is convinced of the

value of his product, which starts at $130,000, particularly since the onset of drought across

Australia. About 1.2 tonnes of green feed a day can be produced for just 3¢ a kilo, using 500

litres of water, he says.

Inside a steel shed, seed is germinated and the shoots are fed intermittently with a thin film of

water and nutrient mix that recirculates through stacked PVC trays. A pump and sterilisation

system ensure the water nutrient mix remains fresh and disease-free.

Mr Doyle says it is a misconception that growing plants hydroponically requires more water

than conventional farming. Hydroponic growers who recirculate their water actually make

huge water savings, he says.

"There's not a paddock in the world that can produce 1250 kilograms a day on 500 litres of

water," Mr Doyle says.

The Commercial Hydroponic Fodder System and Mr Doyle's associated businesses, Corinella

Herbs and Glen Forbes Hydroponics, have already attracted attention from overseas,

including from the Netherlands, the US, the Middle East and the South Pacific.

But the fierce hydroponics advocate has not been able to interest the Australian Government

in his methods, or attract funding for research into the benefits and drawbacks of hydroponic


"If our system is proven, hydroponic fodder systems will be an integral part of any farm

holding livestock," Mr Doyle says.

A report by Roger Sneath and Felicity McIntosh, of the Queensland Department of Primary

Industries and Fisheries, found cereal sprouts to be nutritious, though expensive to produce.

"It is essential to do your sums carefully," the report says. "To be profitable, sprouts would

need to provide consistent, exceptional performance with high-value outputs at minimal cost."

However, the report cites several references from the 1960s and Mr Doyle says new research

would be valuable. Colorado State University, the University of Wageningen in the

Netherlands and Sandia National Laboratories in the US have agreed to research elements of

the hydroponic fodder system.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Fodder to hit the US

January 20, 2010

Toowoomba-based Fodder Solutions has secured a deal to supply one of its innovative livestock feeding systems to the Southern California Riding Club.

Fodder Solutions is the driving force behind a high-quality feeding system which sprouts grain and legume seeds as a nutritious and cost effective livestock feed.

Following success in drought-affected Australian regions, it has exported its systems to South Korea, Turkey, South Africa, New Zealand, UK, Ireland and the US.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh offered her congratulations to the business yesterday while attending a US demonstration as part of the G'DAY USA: Australia Week Campaign.

"Fodder Solutions recently installed one of its hydroponic biomass growing chambers here at the Southern California Riding Club for international Grand Prix rider, Misti Cassar, to provide feed for her 6 performance horses,” Bligh says.

"I congratulate Fodder Solutions on this export success. The company's US sales have been achieved with assistance from the Government's TradeStart Export Advisor in Toowoomba, as well as in market assistance from Trade Queensland in Los Angeles,” she says.

Fodder Solutions President Terry Colless (pictured), who demonstrated the Southern California Riding Club system in operation during the Premier's visit, says the company is thrilled with its performance.

"Not only is it producing low cost, reliable feed, but it is also delivering dramatic health improvements in the horses," Colless says.

"Misty Cassar tells me that after just a few weeks on Fodder Solutions feed her horses’ hooves look much better, their coats have improved and they are generally happier, stronger animals," he says.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

6 shocking facts about the future of Farming

22 Billion Slaves?

Here are some interesting facts I picked up from the piece.

1.The energy supply we currently depend on from fossil fuels is the equivalent of 22 billion slaves working around the clock. My, are we privileged!

2.The average age of farmers in the UK is 60.

3.We are losing the technology needed to farm manually (as opposed to using mechanized tractors, bailers and such).

4.Plowing the soil destroys it by killing the living things within it that sustain its fertility. Mechanized farming has accelerated this process.

5.Permaculture gardening in a wooded area can produce enough food for 10 people in just one acre, more than with modern farming methods. Also, it requires small amounts of work.

6.Cereal farming will not be sustainable. But it can be replaced with nuts, such as hazelnuts, which are nutritionally similar to rice.

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Saturday, 19 December 2009

Veterinary Articles

Aspergillus clavatus tremorgenic neurotoxicosis in cattle fed sprouted grains.

McKenzie RA, Kelly MA, Shivas RG, Gibson JA, Cook PJ, Widderick K, Guilfoyle AF.

Aust Vet J. 2004 Oct;82(10):635-8

Link to article

Beef and dairy cattle from four different herds in southern and central Queensland fed hydroponically-produced sprouted barley or wheat grain heavily infested with Aspergillus clavatus developed posterior ataxia with knuckling of fetlocks, muscular tremors and recumbency, but maintained appetite. A few animals variously had reduced milk production, hyperaesthesia, drooling of saliva, hypermetria of hind limbs or muscle spasms. Degeneration of large neurones was seen in the brain stem and spinal cord grey matter. The syndrome was consistent with A clavatus tremorgenic mycotoxicosis of ruminants. The cases are the earliest known to be associated with this fungus in Australia. They highlight a potential hazard of hydroponic fodder production systems, which appear to favour A clavatus growth on sprouted grain, exacerbated in some cases by equipment malfunctions that increase operating temperatures.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Have a look at this article if you are into growing hydroponic fooder "very useful information"