One of the key advantages of a hydroponic fodder system is its low water use. Many parts of the US are currently experiencing drought conditions. Just today, CNBC reported on the exodus of dairies from California to other states, primarily because of water issues, but even in the Midwest, water is an issue. While these ongoing droughts will hopefully end soon, higher water prices, increased competition for water rights and water restrictions are probably here to stay.
FodderTech fodder systems are true hydroponic systems. Unlike many fodder systems, our system recovers and recirculates water. This means we can grow fodder using 98% less water than it would take to grow a comparable amount of forage in a field. Many systems also use overhead spraying, which is not only messy and inefficient, but also promotes mold growth. Our systems use nutrient film technique (NFT) to water from below. [Read more…]