growing your own fodder

by Dareen Byler
(Montana)

With the cost of feed skyrocketing, I am certain a lot of homesteaders/backyard farmers are scrambling to find alternate ways of feeding their animals. My question is...do you know anything about the fodder systems that FarmTeck and others are advertising? Once you have your initial investment into this sprouting contraption, how do you know what to grow, how much to feed, how much to supplement hay, how much heat and light it takes, and electricity, as I live in Montana and winters can get cold...so many questions? Additionally, what about fungus and mold getting into the water. Is this a problem? The entire concept is very intriguing as of course growing our own feed for both our families and our animals is really what the homesteader is all about. If you have any reliable information that is a basic Fodder 101 kind of thing, I would love to have that info and I should think a lot of other folks would too.


Thanks so much for your tips and wisdom.

Dareen Byler

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Start Small With Any Hydroponics System
by: Susan W

Hi Dareen,

I'm all for growing your own fodder to save costs, but I would proceed with caution before investing in such a costly system. I'm not saying it wouldn't work, but as you point out, it would take a lot skill and experience and likely would not work for the small-scale homesteader.

Sprouts are an excellent addition to your livestock feed, packing loads of nutrition. I have fed them to my chickens with great success. But honestly, a simple Sprout Master Single Sprouter or two or three would work just as well. I have six of them and would feed my chicken one tray's worth of wheat sprouts daily.

Hope this helps.

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