Fodder Solutions Global Premiere Video

There is much helpful information in this video of an international Fodder Solutions conference. This is my third season sprouting grain for my sheep, rabbits, dairy goats and poultry and there is always something to learn. I’ve always sprouted livestock grain and have encountered problems with inconsistent germination, trash in the grain and mold. Through tweaking soaking and watering methods I’ve managed to overcome these obstacles yet wondered if I was getting peak production. Watching … Continue reading

Forty Pounds of Fodder/Day in a 3’x5 1/2′ Space

Sprouting grains for livestock has been part of my daily routine since the winter of 2011. I started with what I had on hand which was a large number of litter trays that were used for starting garden seeds. With sprouting success came the desire to offer more pounds of fresh greens to the assortment of animals (sheep, dairy goats, rabbits and chickens) raised here. Carrying so many trays to the water source several times each … Continue reading

Non GMO Feed for Dairy Goats

One of my greatest challenges was transitioning two Alpine does from a conventional diet to non GMO feed for dairy goats. When the does were purchased, one was in milk & the other was pregnant (unbeknownst to us). Not wishing to stress them more than necessary, their diet of alfalfa, dairy grain & hay was continued. A little fodder was added to their food almost immediately. Once they stopped flinging the sprouts around and actually … Continue reading

Review of the Half Pint Homestead Fodder System

The practice of sprouting grain to feed farm animals is rapidly gaining followers. There are various reasons for this. Feeding fodder cuts down on the amount of hay consumed; I love having more barn space. Some feed hay free choice, but cut back on the amount of grain they feed. The yield on a pound of grain is 5-7# of fodder depending on your system & growing conditions. For me, it saves money. The best … Continue reading

Tips for Growing Green Fodder

You’ve longingly viewed the pictures of lush, green fodder that you see in ads & in posts online. Others are growing this for their animals & you know you can, too. Last week I posted about how I grow fodder. It is a simple concept, but success depends on temperature & moisture. There are a few things that can go wrong & cause your fodder to flop. Improper Watering This is often the biggest problem, … Continue reading