HELP save the horses from the sale barn!
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CRISIS! We fed the herd in 2011 for $7,300. Today it costs $26,280/Year and rising, due to the drought in Colorado!

We need to raise our own Hydroponic feed.
Barley Sprouting as Alternative Feed System ---

Alternative Feed Systems (AFS) are ...
CRISIS! We feed the herd in 2011 for $7,300. Today it costs $26,280/Year and rising, due to the drought in Colorado!

We need to raise our own Hydroponic feed.
Barley Sprouting as Alternative Feed System ---

Alternative Feed Systems (AFS) are hydroponic growing rooms that have been specifically developed to sprout grain and legume seeds for highly nutritious and cost effective livestock feed. The feed is harvested in a ´sprout mat´ that is completely edible and high in nutrition. The entire process, from seeding of the growing trays to actual fodder feed, takes only SIX days. Growth is achieved in a totally controlled environment which gives the producer the ability to provide a consistent high nutrient 100 % organic green feed to their animals regardless of weather or unstable market prices. The Systems are designed with advanced, user-friendly technologies and apply proven state-of-the-art growing methods based upon many years of research and product development.

Benefits of Using an Alternative Feed System Unit ---

Reduced energy, resource and manpower requirements: Alternative Feed System (AFS) units operate on an average power cost of $0.40 per day. The system uses only .5 to 1.0 gallons of water to produce 2.2 lbs of green grass, whereas conventional growing methods require approximately 21 gallons of water. The irrigation water can be re-used for animal hydration. Depending on the size of the system purchased, typical operation takes from only 15 to 60 minutes per day to harvest, clean and seed the AFS unit.

AFS units will produce highly nutritious feed at a per-pound cost of $.03 - $.06 cents. Additionally, dependence upon rain or soil moisture content is eliminated as the AFS unit is a controlled growing environment. Use of an AFS unit allows the producer to reduce and control operating costs as the unit does not require any carbon-based fuel source. The savings in reduced operating and input costs can potentially recoup the cost of the system over a 12-month period.

Alternative Feed System (AFS) will provide an innovative way for various us to produce feed year around in a totally controlled environment. This gives us the ability to provide a consistent high nutrient 100% organic green feed to their animals regardless of weather or market conditions. The systems are designed with robust and user friendly technologies while using state-of-the-art growing methods gained from many years of research and product development. The AFS comes in modular sized fully transportable container sized to produce enough feed for 30 horses twice each day. It will give us an abundance of feed to provide the local horse community with low cost meals so our neighbors can keep their animals from the sale barn. I will also enable us to enhance our efforts of protecting and preserving our natural resources.
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