Saturday, May 10, 2014
It Will Be Worth A Try--Growing my own Fodder
One of my riders sent me a link to an article about growing horse fodder by feeding them hydroponically grown small grains. It looked like a great idea for the person with one or two horses, but I was put off by the start up costs and labor involved. The systems involved a green house and a series of trays. Barley was placed in the trays and covered in water. In a but a week the seed had grown up to a few inches. The horses eat the entire plant, roots and all.
I am considering a low cost experiment to produce some fodder. I plan to stretch out a large tarp and merely drape its sides over a row of landscaping timbers in a manner that will allow the rectangle of tarp to hold two inches of water over a layer of seed I can remove the fodder by lifting the tarps.
Might even be able to make fodder hay by allowing the fodder to completely sun dry and then rolling it for storage.
I am looking forward to seeing how this system could work.
Posted by Steve Edwards