We sprout a mixture of barley and black oil sunflower seeds, let it grow about 7 days, and then feed it to the alpacas; as you can see, they really like it.
They also get hay and free choice minerals but we don’t feed pelleted food any more.
And who wouldn’t like some nice fresh greens in the middle of winter?
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Our system is the mini fodder pro system from FarmTek. It came in parts in a couple of huge boxes and lots of assembly is required.
One of the main success points for growing fodder is a temperature controlled room. If not, you either don’t get good growth or you end up with mold – yuck!
So, we have our system in our basement where it stays around 65 degrees, this is optimal temp.
We spend about 1/2 hour a day on this process so it really doesn’t take too much time. And we are fortunate to be able to buy barley seed in bulk straight from the farm in Owosso. We get BOSS (black oil sunflower seed) from Tractor Supply.
You can see us go through the whole process, from harvest, replanting, and feeding it to the alpacas in our YouTube video.