Growing green feed with a fodder system, any fodder system, is going to be far more water-efficient than growing a comparable amount of feed in an irrigated field. But a fodder system from FodderTech is going to be far more water-efficient than competing fodder systems. Here are two reasons why a FodderTech system can save you hundreds of gallons of water every day:
1. NFT vs. Overhead Spray. Many fodder systems use overhead sprayers to irrigate the seed in the system. The problem is, overhead sprayers also irrigate walls, floors and system components outside the growing trays. This not only creates additional opportunities for mold to develop, but is also wasteful of water.
The FodderTech system uses NFT (nutrient film technique) to water seeds from below. This allows us to more evenly water the grain in the system, without any overspray or moisture anywhere in the fodder room besides in the growing trays.
2. Recover and recirculate vs. send water to the drain after each irrigation. Fodder systems need to keep seeds which are germinating moist by irrigating several times daily. In most systems, this becomes waste water. It isn’t reused because it get’s dirty, contains mold spores and the design of a typical fodder system makes collection of waste water difficult.
The FodderTech system is a closed-loop system meaning the water stays in the system and the system doesn’t need a continuous connection to an outside water source or drainage. The design of our system makes the collection of water easy and a proprietary water treatment system keeps the water clean, optimally conditioned and mold-spore free. It also uses much less water than competing fodder systems, and in many parts of the US and the world, that isn’t inconsequential.
Here’s the best thing: most of the water you put into our system, ends up in the fodder itself, keeping your animals hydrated and healthy.