We do help community members on how to construct hydroponic fodders in their homes. The
hydroponic fodder is young tender grass grown from cereal grain, mostly barley. In essence, it
replaces grains like a dairy meal, pigs feeds, and poultry feed concentrates. Globally, hydroponic
fodder is considered to be the best livestock feed.
Fodder (livestock feed) can be grown hydroponically much the same as vegetables, flowers, and
Hydroponic fodder systems are usually used to sprout cereal grains, such as barley,
oats, wheat, sorghum, and corn, or legumes, such as alfalfa, clover, or cow peas. Barley is the
most commonly grown fodder, because it usually gives the best yield of nutrients (4). Forage
mixtures are another option.
The seeds will usually sprout within 24 hours and in 5 to 8 days have produced a 6 to 8 inch high
grass mat. After the mat is removed from the tray, it can go into a feed mixer or be hand-fed to
livestock. Livestock will eat the whole thing: seeds, roots, and grass. There is minimal waste.
Livestock may not eat the fodder initially because it is novel, but should soon learn to eat it with