Cow Feeds

Grown using organic fertilizers and pesticides produced locally at the club using cow urine and cow dung.

  • Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil
  • Plants grow only on moisture and nutrients
  • Hydroponic growing systems produce a greater yield over a shorter period of time in a smaller area than traditionally-grown crops.
  • 1 kg corn yield 5 kg hydroponic fodder in 12-14 days
  • High fibrous and nutritional diet

It is a well accepted fact that feeding dairy animals is incomplete without including green fodder in their diet. Green fodders are staple feed for dairy animals. Dairy animals producing up to 12-15 liters milk per day can be maintained by feeding green fodders. Inclusion of green fodders in ration of dairy animals decreases amount of concentrate feeding and thus increases profit. Therefore, for economical and sustainable dairy farming, fodder production round the year is highly essential.

As an alternative to conventional method of green fodder production, hydroponics technology is coming up to grow fodder for farm animals. Green fodders produced by growing seeds without soil but in water or nutrients rich solutions are known as hydroponics green fodder.

In simple way we can say that a hydroponic fodder system usually consists of a framework of shelves on which plastic trays are stacked. After soaking overnight, a layer of seeds is spread over the base of the trays. During the growing period, the seeds are kept moist, but not saturated. They are supplied with moisture usually via spray irrigation. Holes in the trays facilitate drainage of excess water. The seeds will usually sprout within 8 to 12 hours after soaking and in 7 days have produced a 8 to 10 inch high grass mat.

Hydroponic fodder is much more easily digestible, full of nutrients and enzymes that the energy spent on this digestion process would be far less with the resultant extra energy being diverted to milk production and growth.

Compared to conventional methods of growing fodder, hydroponic fodder requires lesser space and produces highly nutritious fodder than soil farming.

Hydroponically grown plants grow up to 50% faster and produce higher yields of better quality vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Hydroponic growing removes the need for soil, eliminating soil-borne diseases and pests, weeds, and the use of herbicides and pesticides, while producing 10 times the amount of vegetables as traditional farming. Hydroponic systems also reduce water waste and the amount of natural resources needed to grow while allowing complete control over climate, nutrients and growing conditions.

Growing fodder hydroponically is more efficient than any other means of producing feed for livestock.

Benefits of growing Hydroponic fodder for the owner

  • Minimal labour
  • High yield in a small area
  • Control over feed quality
  • Less manure to handle

Benefits of growing Hydroponic fodder for the farm

  • Lower operating costs
  • Less feed waste
  • Reduced feed storage costs
  • Minimized veterinary costs

Benefits of growing Hydroponic fodder for the environment

  • No fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides
  • Lower water consumption
  • Reduced impact of transporting feed
  • Greater self sustainability
  • Azolla an aquatic fern regarded as “Live Nitrogen Manufacturing Factory”
  • Azolla is very rich in proteins, amino acids, vitamins A, B12, and minerals like calcium, phosphorous, potassium, ferrous, copper, magnesium etc.
  • On a dry weight basis, it contains
    • Protein 30 – 40 %,
    • Minerals 10 – 15 %
    • Amino acids 7 – 10 % , and
    • bio-active substances and bio-polymers
  • Low carbohydrate and fat content
  • Has very fast growing character
  • Size of the plants are 1 – 3 cm & doubles in 3-5 days
  • Easy and economic to grow
  • Rice farming with Azolla has great benefits as well


  • Hosts a symbiotic blue green algae Anabaena azolle, which is responsible for the fixation and assimilation of atmospheric nitrogen.
  • Can double in size every several days under optimal nutrient and water temperate conditions
  • Green manure plant for paddy agriculture for weed supression and fertility (used extensively in organic duck and rice systems)
  • Nitrogen and mineral source for compost making
  • 25-30% Protein, and low in lignin with makes it digestible to many animals, as well as nutritious
  • Rich in essential amino acids, vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin B12 and Beta- Carotene), growth promoter intermediaries and minerals like calcium, phosphorous, potassium, ferrous, copper, magnesium etc.
  • On a dry weight basis, it contains 25 – 35 percent protein, 10 – 15 percent minerals and 7 – 10 percent of amino acids, bio-active substances and bio-polymers.
  • Palatable to: ducks, chickens, pigs, cows, goats, sheep and rabbits (and probably lots of others too)
  • Can increase milk production in cows by 15-20%
  • Azolla is a nutrient feeder and prevents Algal blooms in farm dams as a result, keeping water more usable for stock
  • Can be easily harvested with a scoop net, or grown in enclosed, floating rings which can be pulled to the edge for easy harvest
  • After initial collection/purchase, you get a lifetime supply!
  • To preserve green fodder for future use
  • Green fodder is stored in air tight enclosure to preserve it
  • Increases shelve life of the fodder by 4-12 months
  • Fodder is ready to use any time after 45 days
  • Useful during summers and periods of deficient rains when fresh fodder supply is low