Clearly, one farm management goal may be to grow and harvest or pre-purchase barley or other grains in volumes sufficient to reduce your exposure to volatility or extremes in market price.

One (1) tonne of barley grain sprouts into approximately six (6) tonnes of fodder over the growing cycle of 6 days, which reduces the cost per tonne of fodder. Like all feed rations, nutritional content must be considered and managed to your desired requirements.

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

Nutritional comparison of barley sprouts and cereal hay

We intend to run feed studies within our Growing Smarter community, however anecdotal feedback from producers globally suggests barley fodder has positive effects on animal wellbeing and meat quality beyond what these baseline measures of energy and protein would suggest.