So what is a FODDER SOLUTIONS stock feed system?

Fodder solutions designs, manufactures, markets and sells a unique range of hydroponic livestock feed growing systems. These developed systems range in daily production varying from 25kg to 3800kg of production per day.The Fodder solutions stock feed system is a hydroponic growing room that has been specifically developed to sprout grain and legume seeds for highly nutritious yet cost effective livestock feed.

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A selection of grains and legume seeds are spread onto the specialised growing trays and are watered at pre-determined intervals with overhead sprays. A set temperature is maintained inside the chamber to ensure the best growth and highest nutritional value fodder possible. Each day you simply slide the feed out of the trays, rinse the tray, reseed and push the newly seeded tray into the other end. The system holds enough trays so your desired amount of feed is available everyday.

The sprouts grow on the Fodder solutions specially designed sprouting trays with no growing medium. Feed quality barley germinates within 24 hours of seeding. The barley grows in the same tray for 6-days and is ready for harvest as a 15 to 20cm high grass mat.


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A supplement of fresh nutritious barley grass in a horse’s diet provides rapid results ranging from higher energy levels to faster recovery times from infection. Fresh hydroponic barley grass supplements increases sheen of the hair coat while increasing the haemoglobin level and blood count, giving the animal more “heart”.

With a ration of fresh hydroponic barley grass, maximum performance is achieved on less protein due to better assimilation and digestibility of its daily feed. Horses will generally eat between 5-10kg of sprouts per day, depending on the horse’s daily workload.

Reported observations from Horse owners:

  • Reduced recovery time after hard work
  • Stimulation of appetite, especially during conditions of heat stress
  • Reduction in the incidence of Gut Ulcers in racehorses
  • Reduction in the incidence of Laminitis in working horses
  • Improvements in behaviour, ie, reduction of “fizz” in working horses
  • Great improvements in general appearance & coat gloss
  • Substantial improvements in hoof quality & strength (reported by farriers)
  • Improved conception rates in broodmares on poor quality pastures
  • Improved performance of young foals on broodmares in poor paddocks

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Clayton explains why they have decided to switch to the Fodder Solutions system: “I wanted to try it on the mare, BE My Guest.  She is not the easiest in the world and if anything would be a good test for keeping a horse quiet.  And it worked.  She is relaxed and can work really well with plenty of energy, galloping really well without all the fight at the beginning. The benefits are huge, not just the cost saving, but it is better for their digestion, their coats are doing really well and there is still the flexibility of altering the seed mix for more protein”

There are many benefits to feeding fodder, including:

–          Alkalinity – helping to combat gut acidosis and ulcers

–          Enzymes – improving fermentation and bacterial environment in the gut

–          Hydration – 80-85% moisture means excellent natural water intake, and good hydration levels aiding performance and recovery

–          Nutrition – basic format nutrition means it is easily broken down, and easily assimilated:

  • Protein: amino acid format, giving excellent muscle condition and recovery
  • Oil: fatty acid format, giving excellent coat condition and strong hoof growth
  • Starch: simple sugars, giving excellent energy levels

Clayton describes the horses’ nutritional requirements and how the fodder provides it: “These horses are top athletes, and like any athlete they need to have a lot of protein to produce strong muscles, tendons and ligaments. They are actually getting higher protein levels than they would from a traditional processed feed. I like the fact that I can increase quite significantly the amount of protein in their diet to build muscle without the risk of tying up.  On the day after galloping, I might expect them to come out a little tight and sore in their muscles, but they are actually coming out soft and supple, so I am sure that the feed is having a beneficial effect on moving the lactic acid build up after hard work.”

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–          Hydration – 80-85% moisture means excellent natural water intake, and good hydration levels aiding performance and recovery

–          Nutrition – basic format nutrition means it is easily broken down, and easily assimilated:

Feeding the fodder is easy, the 8Kg mat is pulled from the system, put in a trailer and taken to the stables, there the mat is put in the feeders and the horses happily get stuck in, eating the whole mat with no waste. For those in competition, additional seeds can be sprouted, including sunflower and lupin, these seeds are sprinkled on top of the barley seeds and provide higher levels of protein, oil and starch required for the work that top competition horses are required to perform.

Clayton recalls how much the horses enjoy the fodder: “The feed is very palatable – it is a bit different to eat and to begin with they did not seem quite sure about eating the whole mat – but once they know how to eat it they just chuff in!  If you walk down the stables carrying a mat, they all want it! I wanted something that was cost effective and Fodder Solutions seemed to make a lot of sense.  Initially it was the cost benefit that attracted me, and even if it was not for the top horses I felt that it still made sense as the basis for feeding the yard”

Olympic Update London 2012

Clayton and Lucinda Fredericks had a very succesful Olympic campaign Leading into London 2012. Favored for an individual Gold medal and a Team Gold Medal after the dressage component. Going into the cross country section of the course, Clayton’s mount Bendigo slipped on a bank and was eliminated. Lucinda on Flying Finish put up a magnificent round with 1 refusal, seeing her out of the medals. Flying Finish jumped one of the few clear rounds in the showjumping the next day showing how fresh he was having completed 2 elements of the eventing course on the previous 2 days, Well done Team Fredericks.

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FODDER solutions recommend using barley seed to produce barley fodder naturally rich in enzymes that improves digestion, allows use of less expensive grain and decreases overall feed consumption.

Our own research shows that the fodder is high in protein and energy, and feeding 3-5% of a beasts body weight per head per day plus some barley straw is the best ration to use. FODDERsolutions have conducted several trials feedlotting angus and angus cross cattle with great success.

Until recently, barley fodder was considered filler, and the nutritional value was underestimated. However, with increased awareness of the nutritional value of barley fodder and associated health benefits, it is recognized as a beneficial portion of an animals feed ration. Recent issues in the beef industry has increased holistic approaches to forage production to minimize costs while optimizing animal health and performance.

Use of Green Feed for Finishing Cattle   (Joe Mooney, Hydroponic Fodder Production, Meat and Livestock Australia)

 Using a hydroponic shed that grows 1.5 tonnes of green feed (wet) per day. This amounts to 110 kgs of dry matter .The feed produced contains approximately 25% protein and at least 9 MJ/kg of energy.

Cattle growing at 1.0 kg /day have a dry matter intake of 10 kg per day with a protein content of 12%. Pasture that has matured will have a protein content of approximately 10.5% protein. This quality of pasture will not finish cattle and will severely reduce their weight gain. Cattle can utilise pasture of lower quality provided there is adequate protein in their diet. So to utilise this pasture this fodder can be used to gain a finished article.

For an example: Using 420 kg live weight cattle, required to grow at 1.0 kg/day.
Feed intake = 10 kg dm/day
Protein requirement = 12%
Energy  =  100 MJ/day

The diet should comprise 90% pasture and 10% green feed. This will give a diet containing 12% protein and have an energy content of 107 MJ/day.  A growth rate of 1.0 kgs per day will return around $2.00 on current market prices. 110kgs of green feed dry matter/day will feed 110 cattle per day resulting in a return of $220 per day

Studies have concluded that the production of hydroponic fodder is an extremely cost effective and financially viable.  Warmblood breeders Chris and Liz Gatti have considered hydroponic fodder as ‘cheap fresh green feed’.  Their system can produce 350kg of green feed (wet) for a low cost of $40 a tonne and little maintenance. Remembering that whatever animal you are feeding still lives in its normal environment thus obtaining some dry matter requirements from that environment. 

 These costs do not even compare to the costs of paddock grown fodder.  It has been estimated that the costs of insecticides, fertilisers, machinery and their running costs for cultivation and harvesting and labour of field grown feeds are 10 times greater than that of hydroponically grown feed (Prof. C.A. Arano, 1981).  Evidence is also given by Prof. C.A. Arano (in Resh, 1981) that hydroponic grass units produces animal  feed  at about one-half the cost of the produce conventionally.  This is based on the larger amounts of fuel needed in the production and transportation of traditional animal feeds.

Further research has uncovered that the cost to fatten a beast on hydroponic fodder would cost around $40 – $80 over a 90-day to 120 day period.  However to fatten the same beast on grain in the same time period, to achieve the same results would incur a cost of approximately $350 depending on grain prices during this period.

Another benefit associated with this method relates to annual beef production. For example, a farmer using hydroponic fodder could sell 200 head of cattle up to 3 times a year, as compared to a farmer who using a normal paddock situation, could only sell 200 head once a year.  This makes hydroponic fodder a very cost effective, profitable way to live on the land. (Joe Mooney, Hydroponic Fodder Production, Meat and Livestock Australia)


Incorporating Barley Sprouts with Meat Excellence

“We have been in the horticultural wholesale nursery game for 20 years and specialize in new plant releases. Our fascination with cattle and our horticultural background means that sprouting barley in a fodder system and feeding it to the cattle ties our two passions together nicely!”  Visit Fortune Red Lable Beef to find out more. Video

Sprouts boost intensive Downs beef enterprise

Cattle on a diet with barley sprouts are gaining an extra half a kilogram weight daily while consuming 16 percent less grain mix in a Darling Downs feeding trial.

The first batch of performance results were outlined at a field day hosted by Mike Coverdale. Mike  is intensively feeding 250 cattle on 32 hectares at Cambooya with the aid of a Fodder Solutions grain sprouting unit which produces 240 kilos of fresh green feed daily.

Dairy Cattle

Supplementing with fresh barley grass in a typical daily diet of a cow in mid lactation improves milk production, increases fertility and gives rise to a healthier animal requiring less veterinarian care.

Barley grown hydroponically as a supplemental feed not only keeps dairy cattle healthy but can give premium prices from higher grades of butter fat in the milk. Each kilogram of barley fodder is equivalent nutritionally to 3kgs of lucerne.

In one study of milk production, with a diet of barley fodder versus one of normal feeds such as grain, hay or silage, a group of 60 cows on a barley fodder diet increased milk production by 10.07% over the control group. In addition, the group fed barley fodder produced a butterfat content of 14.26% higher than those fed a regular diet.

FODDER solutions systems are also suited for locations confronting hindered agricultural development as a result of feed shortages, water shortages, drought, adverse climatic conditions, rapid population growth and rapid urbanization (reduced agricultural land near urban areas).

Hydroponic systems for growing fodder offer an attractive, cost effective alternative to growing fodder in soil. Market demand for an economically viable “organic” feed supply source is supported by increased public and industry unease over animal feed quality, food supply safety, and concerns relating to pesticide and veterinary drug residues in meat and poultry products.

Sheep, Goats and Pigs

Sheep and goats show the same improvements in health and digestion as cattle. Pigs and chickens are sometimes raised in factory situations and show vast improvements in health and digestion.

Barley grass is rick in enzymes and can improve the environment for birds due to reductions in “sticky droppings” from chickens as well as cleaner eggs in laying operations.

Research has demonstrated that enzyme rich barley grass feed enhances swine production and is particularly beneficial to young pigs making the stressful transition from sow’s milk to solid food.


Reported Observations from Sheep and Goat Owners:

  •  Good weight gains on poor quality pastures
  • Improved conception rates in ewes and does
  • Improved weaning rates in herds on poor quality pastures
  • Fewer herd health problems
  • Improved milk yields in milking goats
  • Improved appearance of fleece in fibre goats

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Animals that are accustomed to a grass diet in their natural habitat are healthier in confinement when fed fresh barley fodder all year round. The FODDERsolutions systems can be adapted to feed different daily ration amounts.


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Until recently, barley fodder was considered filler, and the nutritional value was underestimated. However, with increased awareness of the nutritional value of barley fodder and associated health benefits, it is recognized as a beneficial portion of an animals feed ration. Recent issues in the beef industry has increased holistic approaches to forage production to minimize costs while optimizing animal health and performance.

systems are also suited for locations confronting hindered agricultural development as a result of feed shortages, water shortages, drought, adverse climatic conditions, rapid population growth and rapid urbanization (reduced agricultural land near urban areas).

Hydroponic systems for growing fodder offer an attractive, cost effective alternative to growing fodder in soil. Market demand for an economically viable “organic” feed supply source is supported by increased public and industry unease over animal feed quality, food supply safety, and concerns relating to pesticide and veterinary drug residues in meat and poultry products.


Benefits of using a Fodder Solutions System

  • Being able to grow your own highly nutritious feed on farm for only 11c/kg
  • Forget about waiting for rain or soil moisture to plant
  • No more moving irrigation lines, ploughing fields, mowing, windrowing, bailing and hammermilling.
  • Save on feed prices – Instead of paying high feed prices in tough times you can hedge your investments, buy when others are selling their stock cheap and sell when others are paying high prices. With a FODDERsolutions system you can take control of your feeding and production.
  • Organic and affordable – Growing demand for economical “natural” animal feed as well as concerns relating to animal feed safety and the environment make FODDERsolutions systems an attractive means of producing affordable organic “green” feeds

Process Benefits

  • Optimum production
  • Accelerated growth
  • High yield in a very small area
  • Low water consumption
  • Low energy consumption
  • Usable pass through water for animals
  • Easy maintenance
  • Trouble free operations
  • Aware how the barley was produced and what it was exposed to
  • Feeds produced anywhere in the world regardless of temperature and growing seasons.

Sprout Factories (for human consumption)

Fodder Solutions systems can be converted into sprout factories. Both alfalfa and other mixed sprouts only take 4 days from germination to finish.

The two main differences over conventionally grown sprouts are:

  • Better quality – more vibrant, greener and fresher.
  • Increased shelf life (one week increase in average shelf life)

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What water source can we use?

Rain water, dam water and bore water are suitable for use.

FODDERsolutions solutions can use any type of water to run the system provided it is clean or filtered. If it is necessary to treat your water, FODDERsolutions solutions can supply filters and water treatment devices.

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Incredible Water Savings

Water consumption is minimal and passed through irrigation water can be used for animals.

The system uses only 2 to 3 litres of water to produce 1 kilogram of green grass. Conventional growing methods require about 80 litres of water.

This represents an incredible water saving – using as little as 1/20 of a regular farm and little impact on the water table from water use and farm chemical run-offs.

Can you reuse the water?

The system has little run-off and any excess water can be used for stock water.

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Nutritional Information

FODDERsolutions barley grass is organically grown and harvested at the time when the blades contain the peak spectrum of nutrients.

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Barley grass is considered the most nutritional of the green grasses containing an abundance of nutrients unsurpassed by any other type of grass. The benefits of fresh green feed such as barley grass have been well documented over the past 50 years. Typical rations of barley grass vary from 50% to 75% of the total ration (by weight) which varies from 2.5% to 5% of the body weight of a specific animal.

Barley grass has shown to increase the overall health of the animal through better digestion of the hay and grain. While overall wellness is the most noted result, studies indicate improved performance results in other areas as well. Not only will animals be healthier but also they will experience:

  • Greater energy and vitality
  • Stimulates the immune response
  • Reduction in anti-nutritional factors
  • Antioxidant properties

Independent research studies have been conducted by qualified academic institutes that prove the value of using barley grass. These studies show that barley grass is both beneficial to livestock and cost effective as a substitute for the traditional fodder supplements

Nutritional Benefits

There are many benefits to be found from using fresh “Dr Green” barley grass that has been organically-hydroponically grown.

These benefits include:

  • Improved feed quality
  • System produces the cleanest feeds possible
  • No pesticides or herbicides
  • No dirt in the food supply
  • Products can be certified organic
  • Longer shelf life for sprouts

Hydroponically grown barley grass (blade, root and seed structure) offers:

  • Fresh green product year round (critical in “dry” months)
  • Digestive enzymes
  • Rich energy value

High nutrient value and a  good source of:

  • Protein
  • Amino acids
  • Essential vitamins/minerals


Hygienic and free of:

  • Dust (aids in preventing respiratory diseases)
  • Agriculturally related contaminants

          Nutrient                                                 Unit         Results

  • Crude Protein                                             %              20.2
  • Fat                                                              %              4.3
  • Crude Fibre                                                %              11.3
  • Starch                                                         %              15.4
  • Metabolizable Energy (Ruminants)             MJ/kg        12.1
  • Minerals
  • Calcium                                                      %               0.15
  • Potassium                                                  %               0.7
  • Magnesium                                                %               0.24
  • Phosphorus                                               %               0.46
  • Sulphur                                                      %               0.28
  • Boron                                                      mg/kg           22
  • Copper                                                    mg/kg          11
  • Iron                                                          mg/kg          160

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Standard Fodder System

FODDER solutions systems are designed with robust and user friendly technologies while using state-of-the-art growing methods gained from many years of research and product development. fodderSOLUTIONS are available in modular sized fully transportable containers from refrigerator size to full turnkey custom designed commercial systems providing for the needs of the hobby farmer to commercial farms.

FODDER solutions systems range from production of 60kg/day through to 5500kg/day. Small systems are fully transportable and are ready to produce from the time they are delivered on farm. There are eight transportable systems: 40kg/day through to 550kg/day. Any systems larger than 550kg/day are custom designed to the specific needs of the producer and are recommended to be constructed on site.


Every model of FODDER solutions hydroponic feed production systems contains a racking system complete with:

  • growing trays
  • irrigation equipment
  • lighting
  • a heating and cooling ventilation system
  • controls to maintain optimal environmental conditions

The FODDER solutions system maximum feed production is maintained through the use of the biomass growing that maintain a consistent environment.

The smaller FODDER solutions systems are factory assembled and shipped ready for easy site installation. A flat and solid base, and only simple electrical, water and drainage hook up is required. Solid construction, reliable state-of-the-art equipment ensure trouble-free “constant” production in often-harsh operating environments.

Operational consistency is ensured through sound engineering, solid construction and demonstrated operational performance. With over 10 years combined experience, the FODDERsolutions team has a reliable track record in fabricating and assembling hydroponic systems.

Design & Construction

FODDERsolutions has extensive experience as systems manufacturer, grower and consultant systems designer. In addition to our own experience, FODDER solutions consults with creditable experts from horticultural and agricultural fields.

System Features

  • Fodder System 108Fodder Solution System T108Factory assembled
  • Fast installation
  • Automated process controls
  • Easy to use racking system
  • Robust HVAC system
  • Ergonomic design and operation
  • Low labour involvement
  • Low maintenance cost

Optional Equipment

Optional advanced controls available:

  • Water treatment system in situations where potable water is not available
  • Storage bin for seed
  • Alternative energy systems for remote areas or where power interruption is a concern (wind & solar systems)

Fodder Solutions Transportable Systems

The Fodder Solutions transportable systems are built to order at our manufacturing plant in Toowoomba, Queensland.  Using all Australian materials, and Fodder Solutions patented designs, our systems and built to the highest possible standards.
With over 600 systems Australia wide, and hundreds more internationally, its easy to see why Fodder Solutions is the world leader in fodder sprout technology.  Fodder Solutions provides a range of standard machine and can also build to order.  Contact us to find out how we can build a system to suit your farms requirements, or check out the systems below:

Automatic Fodder System

FODDERsolutions have created smarter more efficient and ergonomic systems. With increasing land prices, increased competition and inconsistent weather patterns,Producers need to find an alternative.

The answer is an “AUTOMATIC PADDOCK”.

An “AUTOMATIC PADDOCK” CONSISTS of a 17 m x 15 m x 6 m cyclone rated environmentally controlled coolroom building. Inside the building, there is a 22 tonne hot dipped galvanized patented fully automatic machine. The only one of its kind any where in the world. The machine holds trays full of growing fodder on different levels. The machine picks up one tray full of freshly grown fodder and tips the fresh fodder out of the trays, and then the fodder is transported out of the building on a conveyer belt to transport or straight to livestock. The machine then moves the trays through so that the process can start again. The machine will Empty, wash, sterilize and reseed the trays all automatically.

All this takes place without the producer even being there.

The automatic paddock can be filling the farmers Ute with fresh fodder while they are having breakfast. Growing fodder doesn’t get any easier than this. The facility has many design benefits such as artificial lighting to accelerate the growth, specific nutrient dosing pumps that take the guesswork out of mixing nutrients. Air treatment systems that control the temperature and humidity and sterilizing filters for the purest air. Water treatment systems that automatically adjust the ph of water after it is sterilized to provide the cleanest freshest water no matter the supply source. An automatic grain auger delivers seed from the silo to the automatic seeder. The automatic paddock is so advanced that a producer can feed their livestock just by sending an SMS message to the facility .

The system design is capable of producing well over 3 tonnes of organic hydroponic barley grass every day with no labour input.This new machine is seen as another world first for both Fodder solutions and Australia.

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Generally it takes six days to grow from seeding to feed out. This can vary by 24 hours depending on how well you maintain a consistent temperature inside the system.

The “sprout mat” is completely edible and highly nutritious as it is a living food. The animals will eat the entire mat, roots and green growth so there is no waste.

FODDERsolutions do not add any nutrients. Our years of research and economic studies of nutrients prove that nutrients are neither viable nor necessary.

Only a single phase 15amp power supply is needed. The rooms come complete ready to plug a 15amp lead into the power socket.

The systems cost no more than $2/day in power costs to run as they are very well insulated and designed to be extremely power efficient. The systems can be used outside in a paddock but naturally they will perform better with lower running costs inside a shed or out of direct sunlight in the summer months.

FODDERsolutions technology offers low operating costs and requires minimum labour. Depending on the system size, typical operation takes from only 15 to 60 minutes per day to harvest, clean and seed the FODDERsolutions system.

FODDERsolutions portable systems range from 40 kg/day through to 500 kg/day. There are eight transportable systems, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 42 and 63 biscuits per day. Each biscuit has an average weight of 8kg. For further information see pricing page.