Dry Matter vs Fodder



Many farmers and nutrionalists use dry matter as the yard stick by which livestock should be fed. However it is clear that much of that energy in dry matter is wasted by the animal in the digestion and processing of feed with much of the feed passing though the animal without being processed.


When asked "would you agree that the introduction of fresh green grass into the diet of your animal on a daily basis is a good thing?" the vast majority reply positively.


The high digestibility of fresh hydroponic sprouting barley means that the animal needs less weight of feed to produce the same results and is the same as feeding fresh spring grass to your livestock, every single day.


Nutritional Energy

Per kg, sprouting fodder holds 12.7 megajoules (mj) of nutritional engery. The total amount of digestible matter in fodder is 91% with on average over 20% protein and 20% starch along with all the trace elements needed such as Potassium, Calcium, Copper, Cobalt, Magnesium, Sodium, Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Molybdenum, Manganese & Selenium.


Beef Trials


In the beef trials conducted in New Zealand, the control group were fed approx 25% more Metabolisable Energy (ME) per day than those fed on fodder. However the fodder group gained 41% more weight.


Fodder Supplement


Ruminants and grazing animals were not designed to process hard dry matter, they were designed to process grass.


H2O Farm do not advocate a complete replacement of dry matter with fodder. In fact it is suggested that on a daily basis to give fattening livestock 2% of sprouting fodder based on the animal's current body weight and access to unlimited dry matter in the form of pasture or straw.


Fodder will help with the digestion of dry matter and the dry matter helps the fodder to fix in the rumen or gut to be fully absorbed.


Hydroponic sprouting barley as a part of a complete ration


Hydroponic sprouting barley is used by some of our farmers as a complete replacement feed. These tend to be farmers of sheep, goats and deer where the animal can obtain some additional feed through normal grazing of pasture. H2o Farm do not necessarily advocate using our fodder as a complete replacement for dry matter. We suggest that on a daily basis to give fattening livestock 2% of sprouting fodder based on the animal's current body weight and access to unlimited dry matter in the form of pasture or straw.


Ruminants and grazing animals were not designed to process hard dry matter, they were designed to process grass.


Our fodder will help with the digestion of dry matter and the dry matter helps the fodder to fix in the rumen or gut to be fully absorbed. They will work in a complimentary manner.




Jerry Brunetti



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