Consideration is being given to sprouting seeds to produce fodder for horses...

Asked October 3, 2013, 9:27 AM EDT

Consideration is being given to sprouting seeds to produce fodder for horses and goats in Montgomery County. Is there Ohio State University research that resulted in developed protocols for both raising fodder and determining what quantities to feed either horses or goats.

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I do not know of any university research for protocols for raising fodder for livestock. There are, of course, many different methods described on the internet for small scale production. The problem with fodder for horses (and goats to a smaller extent) is the quantity of feed required to meet their nutritional needs. A horse eats between 1.5 & 2% of their body weight in dry matter feed per day for maintenance, so a 1000 lb. horse eats 15-20 lbs. of dry matter per day. Since fodder is wet (not dry like hay), the quantity of fodder per horse per day is 80 to 100 lbs. of fodder. Unless you have a greenhouse, it's probably not economical to feed a large animal that way.

Greg Meyer