FarmBox Foods LLC announces the official launch of its Hydroponic Fodder Farm.
The company will host a public open house from 3-7 p.m. Sept. 27 at 5389 Plum Ave. in Sedalia, CO. Guided tours of the new indoor farm — the third product line offered by FarmBox Foods — will be provided. Attendees will also receive a tour of the company’s other tech-assisted, containerized farms: the Vertical Hydroponic Farm and Gourmet Mushroom Farm.
What exactly is fodder? It’s nutrient-dense hay that’s used as a dietary supplement for horses, cows, pigs, goats, chickens, sheep, rabbits, and alpacas.
By growing fodder on-site year-round, farmers and ranchers can avoid supply chain disruptions, sourcing issues, and spikes in hay prices. The controlled-climate farms provide a reliable, hyperlocal source of fresh food while shielding the barley fodder from weather and climate impacts, including drought, heat waves, freezes, and floods. The farms are housed inside upcycled, insulated shipping containers outfitted with plumbing, electrical, and sensors to control conditions inside. The 320-square-foot farms also capture filter, and recycle water for maximum water efficiency.
Protein-rich fodder improves the overall health of livestock, supplements hydration, and adds weight to beef cattle. It also promotes the production of better-quality milk for dairy cows and goats, improves fertility rates, reduces the likelihood of illness, and decreases methane output because of its superior digestibility compared to traditional alfalfa hay.
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