Below is a comparison for feeding barley sprouts compared to feeding oaten or wheaten hay.

Comparative costs of feeding sprouted barley compared to cereal hays

It’s important to note that the delivered cost of a tonne of barley grain and a tonne of hay is unlikely to be the same, due to differences in market price, availability and transport costs.

We’ve chosen standardised data for simplicity, but you can compare the nutritional characteristics of alternative feeds at the NSW Department of Primary Industries website.

We’re trying to make a fair comparison (i.e. not hide material costs), so we’ve factored in notional operating and capital costs of investing in a 1000kg/day sprouting system.