Providing sheep with a balanced diet can be difficult. Sheep are grazing herbivores and gauging the nutritional content of pasture is not an easy task. Sprouting fresh fodder in a FodderPro Feed System allows sheep farmers to gain control over the quality and consistency of the feed provided to their animals. Hydroponically grown fodder sprouts are high in essential nutrients and feeding fodder ensures that sheep get the nutrients they need. With pasture dwindling due to rising temperatures and droughts, a hydroponic feed system is an exceptional means to maintaining herds throughout the year.
Sheep are able to make good use of the available nutrients in fodder due to its high digestibility. Fodder is a clean and highly controllable feed source that will improve the health and longevity of meat, dairy and fiber animals and reduce the likelihood of parasite problems. Feeding fresh, green fodder regularly will also assist with hydration due to its high moisture content.
Hydroponically grown fodder will consistently provide many advantages to sheep, including:
High in protein and energy, these sprouts are an excellent choice for supplemental sheep feed. Feeding legumes, such as alfalfa, will increase weight gain in young and growing lambs and improve milk production in lactating ewes.
Sprouted grains, such as barley, are naturally balanced in protein, energy and fiber. Compared to corn-based feeds, they are higher in fiber and contain 95% of the energy. Unlike mature dried grains, these sprouts also have a low acid content, reducing the occurrence of ulcers.
Mixing different types of seeds together will create a more balanced ration and maximize the nutritional benefits of feeding fodder. Sprouts, such as field peas, are an excellent source of energy, protein, vitamins and minerals for growing and finishing.
The FodderPro Feed System comes complete with everything you need to start growing fresh, healthy sheep feed today. The next consideration is where the system will be housed. With a few environmental modifications, fodder can be grown anywhere. Our affiliate company, FarmTek, can outfit any space with everything you need to make the environment suitable for growing fodder hydroponically. From a barn or outbuilding to a garage or basement, no matter where there is space to grow, FarmTek can design the environmental controls necessary to make it work for your operation. Our expert fodder specialists will work with you to find the right products to suit your needs and budget.