Rising land prices, land shortages, and unpredictable weather conditions with too much or too little rain cause lower yields and higher feed costs. Hydroponics is a controlled method of growing plants without soil.
Hydrogreen is an auto-watered system that grows live green feed from seed in 6 days, 365 days a year.
With the push of a button, the system seeds, waters, lights, monitors, harvests and then runs a post-harvest cleanup.
Sprouting grains causes increased activities of hydrolytic enzymes, which improves the amount of total protein, fat, certain essential amino acids, total sugars, B-group vitamins, and also results in a decrease in dry matter, starch, and anti-nutrients.
Increased enzyme activity in hydroponic feed is between germination and 7 days. The protein content of hydroponically grown grain increases from time of germination and when seeds sprout, minerals bind with protein, which increases their function.
The high digestibility of Hydrogreen feed means that the animal consumes less dry matter to produce the same results, which is means higher feed efficiency.
Comparison of Barley vs Wheat from Seed, 3 Days, and 6 Days.
Live green feed produced from the Hydrogreen system can replace forage, grains or a combination of grain and forage in your livestock’s ration.
In order to effectively replace forage with green feed, you need to supplement additional fiber in the ration, typically in the form of chopped straw, which is cost effective. Ensure the straw is either fine or chopped. This combination will typically increase the digestibility, sugar, and moisture content of your ration. Be sure to consult with your nutritionist.
Live green feed can replace grain in your ration on an equivalent DM basis. A limitation will be total moisture of your ration. Farmers feeding Hydrogreen live green feed will typically produce forages containing higher DM content. Replacing grain will reduce starch content and increase sugar content of the ration. Be sure to consult your nutritionist.
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