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Questions & Answers
- I have a room with existing incandescent lights existing. What type of bulbs would be best for this room and what wattage?
We have this great 55-watt full-spectrum compact fluorescent lamp. It's one of those spiral spring bulbs, but it screws right into an incandescent socket and it duplicates natural sunlight without the harmful UV rays. So, that's what I would recommend, and if you wanted higher or lower wattages because of the requirement of the fixture, then we can explore that as well.
- Do you need an air conditioned building?
It depends where you are in the country and how you want to set up the facility. If it's well insulated then we may not need to run an air conditioner, but if it's pretty open to the elements. We may need to explore that option.
- How long does the biscuit last after it is harvested?
After you harvest the fodder you should use it within 48 hours. If you cannot use it within 48 hours, standard refrigeration will keep it fresh for 10 to 14 days.
- How much fodder can replace feed for horses?
Fodder is fed at 2% of an animals live body weight. Especially in the equine industry, over 2% you can increases your opportunity for colic or founder. At 2% of their live body weight you should also be providing 1% in roughage, just to facilitate digestion and keep their mouths busy. We don't want them cribbing on their stalls or each other. So for example, a 1,000 pound horse can eat 20 pounds of fodder and 10 pounds of hay. The hay is no longer for nutritional purposes, so it doesn't have to be as high quality as you are purchasing currently. Fodder is meant to be a grain and pellet replacement. It is a pasture and hay supplement.
- What is the water usage per pound of fodder from seed soak to harvest?
That's going to depend on your microclimate and where exactly you set up the system. The 2.0 models use about 3.5 gallons per channel per day and when you're soaking the seeds, they can increase in water weight approximately 30%.
- I understand that you can freeze the fodder. How long can you freeze it for?
We are not encouraging freezing it for more than approximately 2 weeks. That's the longest we've tested, but we would be happy to continue our testing processes if you have a suggestion.
- Do you have a seed provider that you work with?
We don't have a particular seed company that we work with. However, I do have a list of nationwide seed suppliers, as well as those that service specific states.
- When you feed it to chickens, will you have to feed them anything besides it?
That's really personal preference. It is considered a complete diet for chickens. If you have layers, you will need to supplement with a little oyster shell come the tail end of their life just to help reinforce egg shell quality. But, it can be a complete feed for chickens if you want it to be.
- What are the estimated man hours per day for the Expanded Full-Size system?
The expanded 2.0 is going to have 6 channels in daily operation. When you are first setting up the system and acclimating to it, you are probably going to invest about 10 minutes per channel, so about an hour. Once you acclimate and you get your routine in place, you should be able to cut that time in half. In an ideal world, you should be in and out in 30 minutes or less.
- Do you have a conservative estimate as to cost per pound to produce?
Yes, on average when you take into consideration commodity pricing for a metric ton of barley; national averages for the cost of propane fuel to run a heater and electricity, and water, even a moderate labor charge is costing you 10 cents per pound to produce. Most customers can get that down to 7 cents per pound to produce, so it is a tremendous savings.
- In the 2.0, how much seed goes in the tray?
Depending on your germination rate, you are going to use between 7 and 9 pounds of dry seed and the seed, which will increase in weight after the soaking process. It's always important to weigh the seed prior to putting it in the bucket, for soaking purposes. That should hit right about the ¼" to ½" depth marks on the interior of the channel.
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