We have a hydroponic fodder production system at Kichozi farm. Hydroponic fodder can be created from seed to edible sprout within seven days.
This means fodder can be used as a supplement for diets for cows, pigs, sheep and chickens. The Dry Matter (DM), so will not replace hay. But the fodder has benefits such as high energy, enzymes, digestibility, protein and micronutrients. It is also very palatable for animals.
Currently we are trialing local maize, primed and soaked for 12 hours with bleach. This is to combat mould which is an important disease in hydroponic fodder.
We run training sessions on the space and water efficient production of hydroponic fodder.