Hydroponics Fodder

Hydroponics fodder is nutritious, palatable and digestible and can be grown in low cost techniques with locally home grown grains.

      Against impeding climate change and less availability land hydroponics fodder production is an effective alternative technology for sustainable livestock production.

VR International specialized in fabrication and installation of Hi-tech as well as low cost Hydroponics Fodder System. 

Depending up on client need we build up fodder system from 50 kg onwards. 

Advantage of Hydroponics Fodder System
  • Consumes 98% less water than conventional method.

  • Takes only 8 days duration to develop from seed to fodder while it took 45 days to grow.

  • Enhanced nutritive value – as the fodder contains the seed along with the fodder, it has higher crude protein content than conventional green fodder.

  • Fodder can be produced round the year irrespective of the failure of monsoon, land availability, natural calamities, labor shortage. Promotes sustainable agriculture and livestock production. As the fodder contains more crude protein that conventional fodder it reduces the feed cost spent on the concentrate feed to half.

  • Hydroponic fodder along with seed and root (sprout mat) are highly edible and are rich in protein (10 – 17%).Ideal nutrients enriched fodder for livestock.

  • Yellow Maize, Cowpea, Horse gram, Sun hemp, Ragi, Bajra, Foxtail millet and Jowar has been grown successfully and received good response from the livestock as a fodder.

  • Fodder is grown completely natural without the use of any pesticides.

  • The hydroponics production can easily be measured to cater to the needs of farmers owning just two head of cattle.

  • Loss is minimal because the whole portion of plant comprising of roots, leaves, grain and stem is fed to the animals.

  • The biomass conversion ratio is as high as 6-7 times that of the CGF grown for 65 to 80 days

What is Hydroponics Fodder

Fodder grown using hydroponics technology. Fodder in the form of sprouted cereal grains such as barley, and legumes can be grown in small and large quantities. Hydroponic systems can grow up to tons of sprouts to each day; year round in a carefully controlled environment.


Sprouted grains can increase the nutritional value of the grain compared with feeding the ungerminated grain to stock. In addition, they use less water than traditional forage, making them ideal for drought conditions. Under hydroponic conditions, sprouted fodder at 150 mm tall with a 50 mm root mat is at its peak for animal feed. Although products, such as barley, are grain, when sprouted they are approved by the American Grassfed Association to be used as livestock feed. Hydroponics fodder is nutritious, palatable and digestible and can be grown in low cost techniques with locally home grown grains.


Against impeding climate change and less availability land hydroponics fodder production is an effective alternative technology for sustainable livestock production.

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Silent feature of Hydroponics Fodder System 

Up to 1000 kg green fodder can be produced from 480 square feet area daily which is equivalent to conventional fodder (Co4) produced in 25 acres of cultivable land. Use 99% less land than conventional production method.


Fodder can be produced round the year irrespective of the failure of monsoon, land availability, natural calamities, labour shortage. Promotes sustainable agriculture and livestock production.


Production cost is optimal when compared to conventional fodder production. Cost of production is 2.50 INR / kg of hydroponic maize fodder. Hydroponic machine (1000 kg capacity) consumes only 40 units of current per day.

Cost of Production in Hydroponic Fodders

Cost of maize seed   :- Rs. 14.50 Kg
Current consumption  :- 40 units / day
Cost of one unit current consumption :- Rs. 4 per unit
Cost of current for production of 1 tray (7 Kg)  :- 0.5 unit or Rs. 2 per tray
Labour cost for production of 1 tray   :-  Rs. 4.5
Cost of production of one Kg of Hydroponic maize fodder
Rs. 2.10 (maize seed cost) + Rs. 0.20 (Current bill cost) + Rs. 0.70 (Labour cost) = Rs.3.0 per Kg