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Detailed Information - Sheep

How much do I feed?

By using fresh fodder biscuits, it is easy to manage your sheep diet and provide them with everything they require.

The general rule of thumb is as follows:

  • Lamb = 1/8 biscuit per day + ½Kg Hay/Straw
  • Ram = 1/16 biscuit per day + 1Kg Hay/Straw
  • Ewe not in season = 1/16 biscuit per day + 1Kg Hay/Straw
  • Prior to joining = ¼ biscuit per day + 1Kg Hay/Straw
  • Ewe in season = ¼ biscuit + 1Kg Hay/Straw

Fresh sprouted barley provided by Fodder Solutions systems is a great way to give your livestock fresh, natural, quality feed all year round, and you can tailor it to your animal’s requirements.

Fresh fodder can provide you with a more natural, easily digestible, high quality feed that can improve your livestock’s performance and general health.

The benefits provided by the feed include:

  • Improvements in coat condition
  • Improved weight gain
  • Improved muscle condition
  • Improved lactation rates
  • Improvements in milk quality
  • Improved fertility rates
  • Reduction in cull rates
  • Reduced mortality rates
  • Improved hoof quality and strength

The reason these benefits have been seen time and again by users of Fodder Solutions systems worldwide is that their livestock are used to being fed on dry and dead feeds. While these feeds contain more than adequate nutrition, the difference is in how the animal digests it’s feed, and how much benefit it gains from the feed.

Natural Feed = Natural Digestion

  • Green leaves = live enzymes - All grazing animals rely on bacteria and enzymes in the gut to aid digestion, and with dead feeds they aren’t getting the beneficial enzymes and microbes that fresh fodder can provide. Feeding fresh green fodder will mean your horse will get the maximum from it’s feed, and none of it is wasted.
  • Amino Acid proteins - The sprouting grain converts its existing protein and some of its starch into Amino Acid proteins in the green leaves. This is the best form of protein as it is a building block for larger proteins. They are used for building muscle tissue, and provide your animal with slow release energy, these are the factors that produce improved weight gain and muscle condition.
  • Wet - When taken from the system the feed is wet, and the biscuit itself contains up to 80% moisture. Grazers aren’t designed to drink all of their required moisture, the fodder provides natural moisture intake, which is well assimilated. Amongst other things this provides excellent hydration, which helps to flush toxins from the system improving recovery rates and improves blood flow.
  • Sprouts can have an alkalising effect on the body, and help to neutralise acidic waste, helping to develop a stronger immune system and quicker healing. Grazers assimilate and use nutrition and oxygen more effectively when their rumen and cells have an alkaline balance.
  • Chlorophyll is excellent for blood cleansing and renewal, as well as helping to detoxify the body, and have a regenerative effect on the lungs, glands, and vascular and lymphatic systems.
  • Fresh fodder biscuits provide a simulated grazing process for your animals, which is much more suited to their digestive system than several bulk feeds of concentrated nutrition per day.

Vitamin and Mineral benefits

Vitamin A

  • Excellent for disease resistance
  • Skin & coat condition
  • Nervous system function

Viatmin E

  • Immune system competence & disease resistance
  • Heart, skeletal & respiratory muscle function
  • Oxygen utilisation
  • Possible role with Selenium preventing muscle tie-up syndrome
  • Nervous system function

Vitamin C

  • Possible link to blood capillary strength and fragility

The system

  • Fodder Solutions systems are hydroponic growing rooms that have been developed to provide optimum conditions for sprouting seeds
  • The system is plug and play so is very easy to set up and run
  • Air temperature, water temperature and irrigation are all automated and controlled
  • The system has a UV light at the front end so the sprouts move toward the light
  • Normal 240V electric supply is required but systems can be run using solar power
  • Constant water supply is required as the integral water tank works with a ball cock to refill itself after every automated spray
  • No media is required as the seed sprouts in specially designed growing trays
  • The system is run to waste, which means the water isn’t recycled, but if stored it can be used as stock water
  • The system works on a 6-day rotation with each day’s trays being emptied at the front of the system, washed down, and re-seeded at the back of the system. This rotation moves the trays through the system

The seed

  • The main base of livestock feed sprouted in our system uses Barley
  • Sprouted Barley provides an excellent balanced nutrition and at a cost of £0.35/kg it provides great value for money
  • Each biscuit requires approx 1.2kg of dry seed to produce 8kg of fresh sprouted fodder
  • The Barley seed used in the system must be tested and certified as guaranteed 95% germination rate – it’s all about the green shoots!
  • The seed sprouts to its maximum natural capability without pre-soaking or the addition of nutrient in our 6-day cycle
  • Sprouting grains don’t use any available nutrient until day 5, thus any added nutrient up until that point is wasted
  • You can add other seeds such as Sunflower, Lupin and Mung beans to add extra protein, starch and oil and make each biscuit specific to your animals’ dietary requirements
  • You can also use Fenugreek, which is one of the oldest recorded medicinal herbs

The feed

  • Over 6 days the roots sprouted by the barley seed mesh together to provide a cohesive ‘biscuit’ which weighs approx 8-10kg
  • Each biscuit is easily lifted individually from the trays
  • The biscuit is ready to feed straight from the system
  • There is no waste, as your animals will eat the whole biscuit, including the roots and shot seeds

The fresh feed has many nutritional benefits. Please click the Nutritional Science tab above for further information.