Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 January 2019 at 06:51

There are a lot of question about the use  off  the foddersystem  in Africa. A lot of people are reading my site about the fodder. ( Therefore this article.

7 Reasons Why Hydroponic Fodder is a “Viable” Option for Feeding Livestock

7 Reasons Why Hydroponic Fodder is a Viable Option for Feeding Livestock

On the surface, the concept of producing hydroponic fodder in a hydroponic system is quite appealing to farmers because 1kg of grain provides 6 to 10kgs of hydroponic fodder in 6 to 10 days. However, when you scratch below the surface, you realize that hydroponic fodder is not quite a viable option for feeding your cattle and especially sheep, cows, and goats.

What is Hydroponic Fodder?

Fodder is food given to livestock. Thus, hydroponic fodder is the livestock food produced using hydroponics. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil in a hydroponic system.

  1. The statistics published by Maryland Small Ruminant Page,

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Gidi Smolders 1 kg of grain provides 6 - 10 kg of hydroponic feed. Or 950 gram of dry matter (in 1 kg of grain) provides 900 gram dry matter and 5 - 9 kg of water (in 6 - 10 kg of hydroponic feed). So (at least) 50 grams of dry matter lost, besides the costs to produce the hydroponic feed. How is compensated for that?

1 week 22 hours ago

Ed van der Post The cheaper your system the less costs. That my advice in this article. You can buy one for €30.000 euro or you built one for 2000,-And not every seed wil germinate. So what do you want  to compensate?

1 week 21 hours ago

Gidi Smolders For the loss of feeding-value. Hydroponic systems make from 1 kg of grain with 950 gram of dry matter on average 8 kg of feed with in total maximum 900 grams of dry matter. So from every kg dry matter input you get only 900 grams dry matter output in 8 kg hydroponic feed. Or in other words:  instead of feeding 1 kg of grain with 50 grams of water you feed 8 kg hydroponic feed with 7100 grams of water.  

1 week 19 hours ago

Ed van der Post I dont now where you get your data, but I have other numbers:Simple math with 50# bagsSay a bag of pig and sow costs you $20 for 50 pounds at the local TSC. That works out to $0.40 cents per pound. Not horrible. Unless you are buying 30 bags every two weeks! That quickly becomes $600 every two weeks and only gives me 1500 pounds of feed.Now lets look at a bag of seed for the purposes of sprouting. I buy a 50 pound bag of organic (no less) seed for $30 per bag. Wow that already sounds expensive. But using simple math and knowing that I can always get at least 5 pounds of fodder out of every 1 pound of seed (we will learn how to get a 10:1 conversion in later chapters) I know that the 50 pounds of seed becomes 250 pounds of feed. That is $0.12 cents per pound! Working backwards to see how many bags of seed I need to generate the same 1500 pounds of feed in the end: 6 bags of organic seed. Cost? $180 My pigs can eat all they want at that rate.So let’s talk in terms of bulk. Go buy 2,000 lbs of all organic seed at 37¢/lb (or $18.50 per 50lbs) and you are down to 7.4¢/lb! 7.4¢ for organic, non-gmo, no animal byproducts, feed me as much as I want fodder! The higher your yield the lower your cost.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 February 2016 at 10:24

ILRI-DAAD PhD scholarships 2016

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is collaborating with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to offer up to eight in region PhD scholarships in 2016 through a co-funding arrangement.

ILRI through its graduate fellowship program will provide an opportunity for successful candidates from sub-Saharan African countries to undertake quality research for development, access ILRI’s cutting-edge research facilities and receive mentorship from ILRI scientists within the following broad ILRI program areas.

1. Animal Biosciences

2. Animal Science for Sustainable Productivity

3. Feed and Forages Biosciences

4. Food Safety and Zoonoses

5. Livestock, Gender and Impact

6. Livestock Systems and the Environment

7. Policy, Trade and Value Chains

DAAD is a publicly funded self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany which promotes international academic exchange as well as educational cooperation with developing countries throu

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Wycliffe Ondoro Thank you and will follow to find more about this rear opportunity.

2 years 11 months ago

Kiros Abebe Dear, Your information was nice but is it possible for already registered PhD candidates?

2 years 7 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 January 2016 at 11:31

And here is the other article about Hydroponic fodder.

Wycliffe Oyunga Wow. an amazing article. hydroponics is really picking up in Kenya but am glad i read this before joining the bandwagon. Dry Matter is very important for animals and especially Dairy that 'tend to drink more' when they feed on drier forage and thus produce more milk.

3 years 5 days ago

Alphaxrd Gitau Nice article.I have always had alot of skeptical views on hydroponics and this just confirms most of my arguments.Young People in Kenya should read this.

3 years 2 days ago


Launch: ILRI’s feed assessment app and e-learning course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  22 May 2015, 14:00-18:00
  ILRI campus, Addis Ababa

In the past 6 years, ILRI, CIAT and many partners have been developing and using more systematic and participatory methods to assess and prioritize livestock feed interventions. The Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST) is now being used in over a dozen countries and we continue to see more demand. Together with a further evolving tool called TechFit, it helps researchers, government and development agency staff and others better respond to actual feed constraints and opportunities. This approach has wider application beyond feeds. With suitable adaptation, we believe it can help guide interventions in animal health, genetics and market development.

On Friday 22 May, from 1400-1800, please join us at the ILRI campus where we will introduce and launch the new FEAST application, the blended e-learning course and ILRI’s new on- and offline e-learning platform. The event concludes with a small reception to which you are also invited.

The event will be of particular interest to people working with live

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Posted By in Manuals on Roughage and Fodder
Posted 6 May 2015 at 11:09

Harinder Makkar of FAO is sharing an e-learning course on dairy animal nutrition: "You may consider posting the following link that takes your readers to an emodule on improved feeding for extension workers'

Thanks a lot !

Posted By in Dairy Learning Lab Uganda
Posted 23 March 2015 at 09:47

Report Dairy learning lab

Find reports and documents on the pilot dairy learning lab here

Posted By in Dairy - Worldwide
Posted 19 March 2015 at 10:46

Feed value of range pasture in Kayunga

Sylvia Natukunda from Uganda is sharing with us info she found online on the feed value of roughages in Kayunga district, Uganda. In 2012, natural grasses were analysed from 8 spots in the wet season and 15 spots in the dry season. The research found that wet season grass contains 90,76 dry matter and dry season grass 89,70%. This is very strange as in our dairy learning lab dry matter of fresh grass was said to be around 20-25 % and hay about 80-85%. The reported feeding value is in both cases 1,7 Mcal/kg or 7,11 Megajoules/kg of dry matter.


Find more info by following the link to an online powerpoint

Posted By in Dairy Learning Lab Uganda
Posted 9 March 2015 at 01:00

5 Spaces left! Dairy learning lab Uganda!

Sign up for the Dairy learning lab Uganda; We promise exposure to technologies in fodder management and a wealth of exchange on the subject. The lab will take place on 11th and 12th March, don't miss out!

Contact me for further details;

Stephen Senkomago Musoke Sylvia I am unable to join the lab however can you share the training materials if available in soft copy?

3 years 10 months ago

Sylvia Natukunda- Mwesigwa Hi Stephen, you can find a wealth of information; videos and training manuals under the link "roughage for dairy tools" on this page. We will also share an activity report.

3 years 10 months ago


Dairy Learning Lab on Roughage

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  17 March 2015 to 18 March 2015 - All Day Event

A dairy learning lab is a two day session on one specific topic. This pilot in Zambia is about Roughage for dairy

The learning lab typically has the following elements:

a) Expert update on the topic with Q&A.

b) Peer review sessions on the existing training materials.

c) Field visit on the topic.

d) Exchange on practical training methods.

e) Compiling and validating toolkit of training materials and methods.

This session will be held at the GART Research Centre in Chisamba

Read more on the learning lab here: //

And on roughage read here: //


Dairy Learning Lab; 11th & 12th March 2015

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  11 March 2015 to 12 March 2015 - All Day Event

Theme of the Field Visit: Fodder management for milk production

What? AgriProFocus Uganda Dairy learning lab is organizing a dairy themed "fodder management for milk production". The theme of the learning lab is based on the current challenge facing both farmers and processors of inconsistent milk supply where where feed shortage in the dry season causes a decline in milk yield. It is a common occurrence in Uganda to have over supply of milk during the rainy seasons and low milk supplies during the dry season. It is against this background that the dairy learning lab decided to equip dairy practitioners and professionals who support farmer entrepreneurs with skills in fodder management.

The dairy learning lab is characterized by a two day session combining a field visit and an exchange and review among peers the materials and methods they use and to jointly improve on these existing practices.   The participants will be joined by an international expert who will enrich the discussi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 24 November 2014 at 04:31

Barley seeds available. The seeds are intended for livestock farmers interested or growing hydroponic fodder only. For details and placing orders; Send me an email: or Call me: +256773422445 or +256703712828.