“By adding best-in-class HydroGreen Certified Dealers in strategic locations, we can meet the increasing demand for our Automated Vertical Pastures (AVPs)” says Dave Dinesen, chief executive officer of CubicFarms.
CubicFarms is a provider of vertical farming technology for both human and animal consumption, with the HydroGreen system being specifically intended for the hydroponic production of livestock fodder. The HydroGreen system is fully automated, from seed to harvest, and allows farmers to harvest fresh greens within six days.
CubicFarms’ foray into animal agriculture took off in 2019 following the company’s acquisition of Hydrogreen. Today, the company is continuing to expand its network of HydroGreen certified dealers throughout the United States.
Dave Dinesen, CEO of CubicFarms
On February 15, 2022, CubicFarms announced Nebraska-based Central Confinement Service LLC (CCS) to its HydroGreen Certified Dealer Network. Central Confinement Service is a leading designed and builder of turnkey livestock and agricultural facilities for 35+ years, making the company an ideal partner for promoting the implementation of AVPs.
“We select forward thinking agricultural dealers with an established on-farm customer relationships who are experienced in working with ranchers and dairy operations to support local sales, installations, and customer experience,” explains Dave.
With Nebraska ranked 10th in the US for milk production and the operational costs of dairy farms rising throughout the world, HydroGreen can help Nebraskan dairy farmers secure a consistent supply of fresh, nutritious fodder.
“Giving farmers consistent fresh feed for their herds in any weather is a weight off their shoulders, and we can appreciate how simple and efficient it is to grow indoors with the automated HydroGreen technology,” says Dave. “We are seeing impressive results for animal nutrition and herd health. Dairies that want to optimize their transition cows and producers selling beef will see significant benefits from using HydroGreen.”
“A dozen larger Automated Vertical Pastures replaces 500 acres of farmland”
The HydroGreen system, or Automated Vertical Pastures, are available in two sizes. The smaller size was designed for small-herd dairy farmers and beef cattle ranchers, although the system can be used for other livestock. The larger size can scale from 1,000 to 10,000 head herd sizes. Both models are modular and completely automated from seed to harvest.
HydroGreen estimates that a dozen large AVPs can replace 500 acres of farmland and produce up to 25 million pounds of fresh feed every year, irrespective of weather condition. This can provide forage as part of the ration for 2,000 dairy cows, namely wheatgrass and barley.
“We currently have a partnership with Burnett Land & Livestock Ltd. in Wyoming, where installation is underway on a dozen commercial scale HydroGreen machines, which will provide up to 72,000lbs of fresh feed daily. Once installed, this HydroGreen AVP will be the largest fully automated indoor fresh livestock feed system in the world,” says Dave.
HydroGreen technology recognized at 2022 SXSW Innovation Awards
HydroGreen technology was recently recognized as one of five finalists in the “New Economy” category at the 2022 SXSW Innovation Awards. Other finalists in the category included AppHarvest, IBM, Star Scientific and Sunday.
As Dave explains, “What started with one farmer’s idea to combat drought has evolved into a revolutionary agricultural technology that can help farmers all over the world. At CubicFarms and HydroGreen, we are passionate about helping farmers to succeed and do more with less, locally, and sustainably. We expect 2022 to be a breakout year for the company.”