Fodder can mean many things, but I usually refer to fodder as corn residue after the grain has been removed. The Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle, 1984, lists fodder or stalkage or stover as having 55% total digestible nutrients, 6.3% crude protein, and 31% fiber. It is not very good quality. Soybean straw could also be considered a fodder, and it has much less quality—42% total digestible nutrients, 5.2% crude protein, and 33.1% fiber. If you are referring to something else, we need more information about the livestock being fed. I recommend that you check with the local Extension educator or one or our specialists at OSU for more information. Fodder can be fed for part of a diet for some livestock, but care needs to be taken. If it is for cattle, Dr. Steve Boyles is a great resource. His number is 614-292-7669. You can also contact me at 740-962-4854, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is fodder you grow in seven days from seed with only water. It will be fed to rabbits.
Fodder feed is growing in popularity, especially in Australia.
I imagine you know this since you are asking, but in case you are unaware:
feeding sprouts to rabbits offers very dramatic advantages. These include the following:
- Faster weight gain
- Higher fertility
- Faster weaning
- Reduced scours when weaning
So yes, it is a good source of rabbit feed. What I cannot help you with is a local source of seeds and the best growing methods for you.
I recommend that you call Jeff Fisher at 740-289-4837 and ask him about where to find seeds and how best to grow fodder. Tell Jeff that Penne Smith suggested you call him about barley fodder.