Red Wheat

This cereal grain has garnered attention over the last couple of years as an alternative to feedstuffs with fluctuating prices that are used in livestock rations, such as corn. When grown hydroponically, red wheat fodder has many nutritional advantages. Of all the classes of wheat available in the United States, red wheat has the highest protein composition. It is also high in energy and the starches in wheat ferment quickly in ruminant digestion.

Sprouted red wheat fodder has many benefits for livestock, including:

  • High in protein
  • Naturally present enzymes
  • Lowered pH in rumen
  • Good source of energy

Red wheat fodder is a nutritionally beneficial sprout for any animal, but there are alternatives to wheat that can be considered, including:

  • Barley
  • Triticale

Did you know?

As with any change in a livestock feed regimen, it is important to gradually transition to red wheat fodder. When transitioning from a corn-based diet, it is especially important to make the change slowly and animals should be monitored during the transition.
In 1874, the Mennonites brought the first red wheat to Kansas. Today, Kansas is the #1 wheat-producing state in the US.
There are six varieties of wheat grown in the United States including hard red winter, hard red spring, soft red winter, durum, hard white and soft white wheat. There are a total of 53 million acres of wheat harvested in the US every year.

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