What: Sprouting Fodder Webinar
When: February 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Sprouting barley and other grains for dairy cows (and other livestock) is not a novel practice, but has gained more popularity in the past few years as grain prices rise and farmers search for ways to maximize their return on grain purchases.
John Stoltzfus, a dairy farmer in Whitesville, NY who has produced fodder for his 50-cow dairy herd, will talk about his methods for sprouting barley, the problems he’s encountered in his system over the past two years, and what he’s learned since our previous webinar in 2012. Fay Benson, an educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, will discuss the topic of nutrient availability in sprouted seeds, and how this process can benefit the animal, as well as minimizing nutrient losses to the environment. Romi Wilson, a graduate student in Horticulture at Cornell University, will talk about seed issues relating to sprouting fodder. She will present on the physiological process of the first 12 hours of a seed germinating, and review the water uptake during the first 6 days of sprouting.
Please register ahead of time for the webinar here.
To learn more about the practice, follow the Sprouted Barley Fodder Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/533261656709517/
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