Positives and Negatives

The Positives

Formulation, Education & Training

  • Units are supplied complete with formulated education, operator training and skills transfer for security of successful continuous production
  • Computer (PLC) controlled for elimination of the “human factor” resulting in optimum quality product output

Optimised, Cost Effective Fodder Production

  • Aeroponic fodder growing units facilitates the ability to grow constant, high quality feed 365 days a year, notwithstanding weather conditions
  • Takes the feeding risk out of rearing animals, irrespective of rain, hail, sunshine, snow or droughts.
  • More control over low market trends and one can restrict sales when pre-winter supply is high
  • Trouble free automated operation due to controlled temperature and atmospheric aspect of the growing units
  • 1 Kg of barley seed grows to 7-8Kg in 7 days as opposed to 12-14 weeks if cultivated in open fields
  • High yield in a relatively small area in a controlled environment
  • Reduction in the amount of land required for maximum livestock production
  • Improved sustainability and takes pressure off the land
  • Does not require high-quality arable land
  • Compare the area required to grow 10 ton of barley sprout fodder feed per day
    • Conventional method: Requires 3460 Ha
    • Aeroponic method: Requires 480 SQ metres
  • When comparing the conventional method (12 weeks) with the aeroponic method (7 days) of growing 10 tons of fodder feed per day one can expect:
    • High reduction in labour required
    • Reduced travelling costs
    • Total elimination of fertilisers
    • Total elimination of pesticides
    • High reduction in the cost of pumping water
    • Reduced chemical dipping and spraying for ticks and other vermin
    • High efficiency of water usage
  • Comparison of water consumption
    • Conventional growing requires 80-90 litres per 1.0 Kg of fodder feed output in 12 weeks
    • Aeroponic growing requires <2.5 litres per 1.0 Kg of fodder feed output in 8 days
    • Water can be filtered, recycled & reused in the grow unit or applied to conventional growing
  • Turnover productivity
    • All year round fattening of beasts.
    • Turn stock sales 3 times / annum as opposed to once a year using conventional grazing methods
    • Takes the risk out of rearing animals, irrespective of rain, hail, sunshine, snow or droughts


Animal Growth, Health and Welfare

  • Accelerated animal growth and health
  • Increase in carcass quality
  • Sheep fed on barley sprouts are expected to:
    • Gain 2.0 – 2.6Kg / week per head (0.286 – 0.371 Kg / day) compared to 0.51 Kg / week applying conventional grazing.
    • An animal will require 3.0-3.5% of its body weight to achieve such gain.
    • 250 sheep can be raised on 520m2 whereas by conventional South African standards of 1 sheep per 2.5 ha is normal.
  • Feedlot Cattle:
    • It is proven that the cost to fatten a beast on Qwikgro Aeroponic Sprouts would cost approximately R630 – R700 over a 90 day period.
    • To fatten the same beast on grain or concentrates in the same time period and to achieve the same results would cost approximately R2950 considering current grain prices.
    • Qwikgro feedlot cattle are expected to gain up to 2.2 Kg per day over the 90 day period.
  • Dairy cow gains:
    • Farmers have shown a 10.7% increase in milk output
    • Raised butter fat content by 14.26%
    • Improved milk quality due to an increased appetite and digestibility
  • Performance of horses:
    • With a ration of fresh hydroponic barley grass, maximum performance is achieved due to better assimilation and digestibility of its daily feed. Horses will generally eat between 6 – 10 Kg of sprouts per day, depending on the horse’s daily workload.
    • Sprout feeding is a good way to provide organic vitamin C in times of stress and for horses in heavy training such as gallopers, trotters, eventers, and endurance horses
    • Although sprouts contain fewer mega joules (or calories) per kilo, the energy is in a more digestible form for the horse than the grain from which it came.
    • Feeding sprouted grains is valuable as a green feed source especially for horses kept primarily indoors
    • Not only do you save money on your feed bills with barley fodder feeding, but there is also the added savings of healthier horses and drastically reduced vet bills
    • Barley fodder is high in digestible fibre, which is digested into volatile fatty acids that support intestinal flora and are readily absorbed into the bloodstream as a source of energy for race horses
    • Gastric ulceration in horses is greatly reduced
  • Improved digestive performance resulting in:
    • An increased immune system
    • Greater energy
    • Anti-inflammatory benefits
    • Antioxidant protection
  • Barley sprout fodder is highly digestible and nutritious. 80-90% digestive as opposed to ±60-65% of some un-sprouted grains.
  • Low energy consumption contributes to the increased growth in the animal
  • Dust free animal fodder and zero soil ingestion
  • Reduced teeth wear and tear resulting in increased food processing
  • High in protein 20.2% as opposed to 15% present in regular grains
  • High in moisture that causes a reduction of colic occurrences
  • Disease free animal fodder grown in controlled environment
  • 60-75% of diseases that afflict livestock results from their feed.
  • Very successful control of foot & mouth and mad cow disease
  • Reduced death rate of animals
  • Improves fertility, conception rates and new born survival rates
  • Palatable, 100% organic, with zero toxic chemicals
  • Egg laying is reported to have increased by 40% and cannibalism amongst chickens ceased completely

Other Facts

  • Improved quality of farming life
  • Bring the game to your front door


The Negatives

  • Capital outlay for growing units
  • Increased electricity consumption (Solar systems can be applied)
  • Mould spores (Rhizopus), bacteria & fungi control in controlled humid environment. Barley is a food source for pathogens such as bacteria and aspergillus which can even cause death in animals requires strict control. Following decontamination procedures is highly recommended.

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