There are many immediate environmental benefits to be gained from growing hydroponic sprouting barley on a daily basis on your own premises.
• Carbon footprint
The most obvious is the reduction in the need and usage of farm machinery such as tractors, harvesters and balers, in addition to the reduction in the regular transportation of large volumes of feed and hay around the country.
Using our hydroponic system can seriously contribute to a reduction in the carbon footprint of a farm.
• Water saving
The savings to be made in the use of water are very important. The use of Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) is at the core of this saving, with water constantly being recirculated and then recycled. All types of farming are coming under increased pressure from government to reduce water usage, especially crop growing farms. Our system ensures that your fresh daily fodder does not come at the expense of the water supply.
• Effective land use
The use of a vertical growing system is key to the high volume production of fresh fodder in such a small land footprint. Our system will regularly produce over 3000kg per metre square of land per year. This makes huge savings in land needed for crop/feed production.
"From a land footprint perspective the H2OFarm system is unbeatable. No spraying of weeds on the property, no fencing, no extra council rates, no road maintenance and the product is extremely water wise. What would it have cost me to go out and buy land to be able to produce the annual fodder tonnage I produce in an area no bigger than 10.5m by 14m?"
- Ross Girdwood, Irrigation and Dryland Farmer
• Labour saving
Only 1 person working 2-3 hours per day is needed to harvest, sow and perform other parts of the growing process in our systems.
• Pesticide free
The nutrient mix contains no pesticides and the production of fodder inside our control environment removes any need for spraying of outdoor crops.
• Dust free environment
The absence of dust during our production process means less respiratory problems for both animals and human workers.
• Reduction of methane production in cows and sheep
It has been well documented that cows are responsible for the production of approx 18% of the worlds green house gas CH4 or methane.
One of the reasons for this is the constant chewing of the cud and the belching associated with this. By feeding our highly digestible fodder to cows and sheep they will be able to digest more quickly thus reducing the volume that is regurgitated and therefore the associated methane production.