Fodder Solutions recommend using barley seed to produce barley fodder naturally rich in enzymes that improves digestion, allows use of less expensive grain and decreases overall feed consumption.
Our own research shows that the fodder is high in protein and energy, and feeding 3-5% of a beasts body weight per head per day plus some roughage is the best ration to use. Fodder Solutions has conducted several trials feed lotting angus and angus cross cattle with great success.
Sprouts boost intensive Downs beef enterprise
Cattle on a diet with barley sprouts are gaining an extra pound of weight daily while consuming 16 percent less grain mix in a Darling Downs feeding trial.
The first batch of performance results were outlined at a field day hosted by Mike Coverdale on Saturday. (Feb 28)Mr Coverdale is intensively feeding 250 cattle on 32 hectares at Cambooya with the aid of a Fodder Solutions grain sprouting unit.
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Incorporating Barley Sprouts with Meat Excellence
“We have been in the horticultural wholesale nursery game for 20 years and specialize in new plant releases. Our fascination with cattle and our horticultural background means that sprouting barley in a fodder system and feeding it to the cattle ties our two passions together nicely!” Visit Fortune Red Label Beef to find out more.
Dexters thrive on sprouts at Oakey
Small cattle on a small property with intensive fodder feeding has been a winning formula for one of Australia’s most successful Dexter cattle enterprises.
Neale and Jeanette Bourne combine stud breeding and finishing the nuggety beef machines for the local premium trade near Oakey on the Darling Downs. They continued their run of show success around the country taking out the breeders group and winning.
Until recently, barley fodder was considered filler, and the nutritional value was underestimated. However, with increased awareness of the nutritional value of barley fodder and associated health benefits, it is recognized as a beneficial portion of an animals feed ration. Recent issues in the beef industry has increased holistic approaches to forage production to minimize costs while optimizing animal health and performance.
FODDERsolutions systems are also suited for locations confronting hindered agricultural development as a result of feed shortages, water shortages, drought, adverse climatic conditions, rapid population growth and rapid urbanization (reduced agricultural land near urban areas).
Hydroponic systems for growing fodder offer an attractive, cost effective alternative to growing fodder in soil. Market demand for an economically viable “organic” feed supply source is supported by increased public and industry unease over animal feed quality, food supply safety, and concerns relating to pesticide and veterinary drug residues in meat and poultry products.
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