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: