Thrifty feed for livestock

Gallery: HydroGreen Global Technologies’ fully automated hydroponic sprout growing system produces high-quality livestock feed that costs less than many other similar ration ingredients.

Need more affordable feed?

Producing spouted barley is the answer, says Dihl Grohs, a Wessington Springs, S.D., cattleman and inventor. Grohs developed a way to automate hydroponic sprouted barley fodder production year-round inside a climate-controlled building and started a company called HydroGreen Global Technology to market it.

Grohs has such a system operating on a farm at Renner, S.D. The $290,000 setup, which includes the building and two growing systems with six growing decks, is producing the same amount of feed in a year as about 300 acres of corn silage, says Craig Livingston, HydroGreen president.

Land in the area just sold at auction for as much as $9,600 per acre this spring, which would be about $2.8 million for 300 acres, or $2.5 million more than the HydroGreen building and equipment. Plus no tractor, planter or forage chopper is needed to produce sprouted barley fodder.

HydroGreen growing systems (not including a building) start as low as $20,000.

“If you are interested in more affordable feed, this is a no-brainer,” Grohs says.

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