Fodder Solutions has sold more than 300 climate controlled growing chambers to farmers across Australia, enabling them to transform grain seed and water into highly palatable feed harvested fresh daily, regardless of seasonal conditions.
All classes of livestock love the densely matted sprouts which they devour roots and all with no waste. Systems are being used to feed beef and dairy cattle, horses, sheep, goats, free range pigs and even rabbits.
Animals on a spout diet gain condition and are healthier, with enhanced breeding performance reported.
Now the system is being introduced to the U.S. market with a manufacturing facility established at Oxnard near Los Angeles.
A Fodder Solutions principle and co-inventor of the system Terry Colless oversaw the American market expansion with a launch and demonstration at the recent U.S. Agricultural Media Summit in Fort Worth, Texas. The Summit was held in conjunction with the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists World Congress.
Colless says things have moved quickly since an overwhelming level of interest was received in February at the World Agricultural Expo in Tulare, Calif.
“From the number of inquiries we received, there is no doubt U.S. farmers will be extremely receptive to our system of growing low cost green feed using very little water,” Colless says.
“We will be manufacturing units in a range of sizes from 12 to 72 trays capable of producing 90 pounds to 520 pounds of sprouts daily."
In Australia, the company has built a large-scale demonstration unit called the Automatic Paddock which operates hydraulically and unloads more than three tons of feed a day at the touch of a button.
The first U.S. producer to use Fodder Solutions technology in commercial production will be Californian organic milk producer Bill Van Ryn. He has relocated the 72 tray system built in Australia and shipped out for the Agricultural Expo to his farm near Modesto.
Van Ryn is enthusiastic about the natural feeding system and plans to use two units to complement pasture for 300 milking cows, eliminating an expensive grain-based feed mix from their diet.
North American dealer applications are currently being accepted. On-site demonstrations may be available upon request.
Source: Fodder Solutions news release