When you first heard about hydroponic fodder, your first thought might have been “this sounds too good to be true.” For many who have invested in commercial fodder systems over the years, it has indeed been proven to be to good to be true.
The #1 reason fodder fails to fulfill its promise is mold.
While the cleanliness of your system, climate control and seed quality are all important, it’s not enough. Mold usually doesn’t come from a dirty system, it comes from seed. All seed, of every grade, has mold spores. It’s natural and it’s unavoidable. Furthermore, while warm, humid conditions encourage mold growth, if it’s warm enough for fodder to grow, it’s warm enough for mold to grow.
When mold happens in a fodder system, valuable seed and production are lost. An alternative feed must be employed. Moldy fodder can sicken or kill animals. We’ve encountered more than one fodder system sitting idle in a shed because it couldn’t reliably produce mold-free fodder.
In search of solutions, we’ve talked with fodder system owners who have resorted to soaking their seeds with too much bleach or peroxide, which could damage the viability of the seeds, and harm livestock. Others harvest the fodder before it is fully mature which causes a loss in yield per volume of seed. Yet others spray their growing fodder with a diluted bleach solution. Our competitors will tell you there is no such thing as a mold-free system.
We feel strongly that in order to be commercially viable, fodder production has to be consistently reliable.
So perhaps you’re here because you’ve heard of the FodderTech Mold-Free Guarantee and are wondering if it’s real? Let us assure you it is real and it does work.
How does it work? We get a lot of calls from hobby farmers and commercial farming operations alike looking for guidance on the mold issue. Our mold prevention system is multi-faceted and doesn’t stop with the initial treatment of the grains. It consists of no less than eight, mostly automated, processes which stop mold in its tracks along every point of the growing cycle. It is safe, and doesn’t involve bleach or strong chemicals. In fact, the process nurtures the grains so well, our systems consistently achieve a better than 97% germination rate and the highest yields you’ll see anywhere.
You’re in a serious and competitive business with little margin for error. You can’t afford to invest in a fodder system, and then spend months tinkering to try to get things right. The good news is, we’ve already done all the hard work. We’ve spent years of trial and error perfecting the system and can have you up and running, producing mold-free fodder from day one.
Please give us a call if you’re considering implementing a fodder system for your dairy, beef, swine, goat, poultry or equine operation. We’d love to speak with you in more depth about how the system works and how it can benefit your production, animal health and bottom line.