Hydroponic green fodder (HGF) is a technology for producing plant biomass obtained from the initial growth of the plants in the early stages of germination and seedling growth from viable seeds. The”green fodder hydroponics” in a live feed or forage of high digestibility, nutritional quality and very suitable for animal feed.
In practice, the Hidroponic Green Fodder is germinating grains (cereal seeds or legumes) and subsequent growth under controlled environmental conditions (light, temperature and humidity) in the absence of soil. Seeds of oats, barley, corn, wheat and sorghum are often used.
Hidroponic Green Fodder production is just one of the practices that have derivations using the technique of soilless or hydroponics and dates back to the seventeenth century when the Irish scientist Robert Boyle (1627-1691) performed the first experiments in crop water.
A few years later, about the end of that century, John Woodward produced
grain germination using waters of different origins and different concentrations of nutrients compared to irrigate grain and forage resulting composition (Huterwal, 1960; and Ñíguez, 1988).
The process is performed in flat containers and for a period of no longer than 12 or 15 days, performing irrigation with water until the sprouts reach a length of 3 to 4 centimeters. From that point the risks will continue with a nutrient solution which aims to make the chemicals necessary (especially nitrogen) required for optimum forage growth and also to give, among other features, high palatability , good digestibility and excellent substitute for concentrated food (Less, 1983; Noble, 1985; Morales, 1987).
The Hidroponic Green Fodder is a system of plant biomass production of high quality health and nutritional produced very rapidly (9-15 days) in any season and in any geographical location, as long as the minimum necessary conditions for it are established. The Hidroponic Green Fodder technology is complementary and not competitive to conventional forage production from suitable species (oat mixtures of clover and grasses, alfalfa, etc.) for conventional forage crop.
In the above context, the Hidroponic Green Fodder represents an alternative production of fodder for feeding lambs, goats, calves, milking cows, racehorses; ruminants; rabbits, chickens, hens, ducks, guinea pigs and chinchillas from other pets and is especially useful during periods of scarcity of green fodder.
Hidroponic Green Fodder is the result of the germination of cereal grains or legumes (such as corn or sorghum) on trays.
The Hidroponic Green Fodder allows you to supplement feed for the production and rearing of cattle, sheep, beekeeping; and rabbits simply and making the Maxmo resources.
Some of the benefits of feeding your cattle Hidroponic Green Fodder are:
• Constant supply of food throughout the year.
• Significant decline in spending on food for livestock.
• digestive disturbances are avoided.
• Less frequent illnesses.
• Increased fertility.
• Increased milk production.