Fodder Growing and Self Sufficiency: Jim’s Story
Farmers and homesteaders already know the satisfaction of taking care of things themselves, without having to rely on (or wait on) outside factors. They make sure it’s done right the first time and they make sure it’s done well. That’s why our customer Jim moved his family to 3.5 acres in the Idaho countryside to live more independently off the land, the way his grandparents had lived.
One of the challenges Jim faced was finding the easiest way to provide basic household staples, such as dairy products, meat and eggs, to sustain his family. He determined that Nubian milking goats would give him the highest amount of milk while requiring the least amount of feed. He also added New Zealand meat rabbits and chickens to his farm. Jim says, “The problem with having livestock that eat hay or grass products is that you need the acreage and water rights to grow sufficient quantities of the feed. The goats required 12 tons of hay, which is a lot of work and a headache. I didn’t know how I could support this endeavor.”
When the woman Jim purchases his goats from mentioned that farmers are starting to turn to hydroponic fodder systems, such as the Fodder-Pro Feed System, Jim was sold on the concept. His family was already sprout fans and understood the health benefits that fodder would bring to their livestock.
Hydroponic fodder systems are designed to rapidly produce high-quality fodder without soil. Some of the advantages are no pesticides or herbicides needed, high yields in a limited space and up to 90% less water used compared to soil production. By growing fodder in these systems, farmers will see increased yields of fresh feed for their livestock.
Jim explains, “I would highly recommend the Fodder-Pro Feed System to any farmer. It’s amazing. The ease of use is a big selling point and it’s not very labor intensive.” Since installing the system, Jim has noticed many positive changes in his goats. He says, “Milk production has increased by 10% and the taste of the milk itself has improved. Breeding cycles have been more consistent and respiratory problems have been reduced. The goats look better overall and I haven’t heard any coughing. Across the board, feeding fodder is a great benefit for the animals.”
Have you made any changes to reduce your dependence on others? Have you found any additional benefits from making the change?