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What is Fodder?

Fodder is the general term for all types of forages, (excluding pastures for grazing), such as baleage, haylage, silage and grains that are fodder/sprouted to form a thick, nutritious feed source for feeding livestock.  Sprouted grain fodder has been in existence for thousands of years and is thought to have originated in the Nile River Valley of Egypt and used to feed the herds of nomadic tribes. 

What is a Fodder System?

It is a climate controlled growing room, container or building that is used to sprout micro-greens for humans and cereal grains & legumes for livestock & poultry feed.

How Does a Fodder System Work?

Seeds are spread onto the growing trays and are watered at timed intervals with an overhead sprinkler system.  Temperature and humidity levels are maintained inside the system and can be monitored and controlled remotely.  With advanced high volume air-exchange technology, every square inch of air volume is treated to ensure airborne mold spores are eliminated before propagating on the growing trays.  For best results, only ultra-clean high-germination premium barley is used to produce quality fodder.  One (1) lb. of dry seed will produce 5 lbs.(1:5) of fodder.  Every 4 days, the system produces a daily harvest of approx. 1500 lbs.  The automated hydroponic system does all the work and takes about an hour per day to harvest, seed & clean.  

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System Overview 6 min.   

Loading the Seed Trays  

Harvesting the Fodder

Can Fodder Replace All Other Feed?

It is recommend that fresh fodder be a supplement and used in conjunction with a balanced feeding program. In most cases it can replace a large amount of existing feed grains & forages being fed and significantly reduce feed costs.  

How Nutritious is Sprouted Grain Fodder?

Sprouted grains are some of the most nutritious feed for all livestock that graze on grass and forages.  The sprouting process converts and transforms the grain into a power-packed combination of enhanced enzymes, vitamins and protein.  Sprouted grain fodder is 90% digestible and assists in the overall digestion of other fiber for better feed efficiency and reduction of grain consumption.  Combinations of sprouted grains can be used to custom blend nutritional requirements for all types of livestock, horses, poultry and exotic species.

Are There a Number of Fodder System Manufactures in America?

Yes.  There are several established and reputable manufactures in the U.S. and around the world.  However, Fodder Group Inc. has elevated its yield performance and fodder quality to set itself apart from most other companies.

*(See List Below)

Why Should I Choose a High-Performance Fodder Group System?

A Fodder Group system can produce exceptional yields and quality while reducing your feed costs and provide animals with the most nutritious 'live' fresh forage available.  Additional benefits include - off-set impact of droughts on forage production - reduce methane emissions (cattle) - control and stabilize feeding costs - reduce the need for additional land production - create a more nutritious protein for human consumption and ensure that animals live a more humane life while providing for mankind. 

How Much Should I Feed My Horses?   (See Equine Custom Blends)

It is currently recommended that you start your horse on 10 lbs per day. This can replace some of the existing diet of grain supplements or hay. Fodder can be increased to as much as 80% of the horses diet over time depending on age, condition and activity. 

What Types of Grain/Seeds Can Be Sprouted?

After several years of research, barley is preferred to be the best for feeding livestock due to nutritional balance and its explosive germ. There has also been success with other grains such as wheat and legumes resulting in good results by blending various grains.  

How Much Should I Feed To Cattle?

The generally accepted standard is 2% to 3% of their body weight per day.   Fodder Group will work with you to develop custom feeding programs to suit your individual requirements.

What Capacity System Do I Need?

The systems are scalable by expansion or adding additional containers depending on the number of animals you are feeding and herd size. 

How Long Does the Sprouting Process Take?

While most other systems take 6 to 9 days, the Fodder Group system takes only 4 days from 'seed to feed' on the trays at the 'peak' of nutritional value.

What Part Do the Animals Eat?

The animals eat the entire biscuit including the root mat. Nothing is wasted or left behind.

What Water Sources Can I Use?

Rain water, maintained aerated ponds and well water are suitable to use. Fodder Group systems can use any type of water provided it is clean and/or filtered.  It is recommended to have water sources tested for contamination and mineral content. 

What Type of Power is Needed?

In North America 220v with 50 amps is required.  Solar Power can also be adapted to the Fodder Group system.  

How Much is the Barley Seed for my System?

The price of seed can fluctuate from year-to-year depending on market supply and demand. 

(Current conventional barley is $380/ton + shipping.) (See Grain & Shipping Costs)

How Much is Freight to Deliver My Grain?

Freight cost is determined by distance and weight of shipment from grain source to producer.  SGI Logistics has a nationwide network of both independent and terminal carriers to minimize shipping costs.  

(Current avg. shipping rates nationwide are $220/ton.)

What Animals Can be Fed Fodder?

Beef & dairy cattle, sheep, equine, goats, pigs, alpaca, chickens, turkey, ducks and all other forage eating animals.

Who is the Fodder Group?

The best way to learn all about production cost, nutrition and system details is go to FodderGroup.com.

*Other notable Fodder System Manufacturers in the U.S.

* FodderTech.com  

* FodderWorks.net 

* HydroGreen.com 

Call SGI now @ 713-298-8655 for further details. 


Specialty Grains Int'l (SGI) sources premium quality grains, legumes & forages grown in the Rocky Mountain highlands and on the Northern Great Plains of the Dakotas & Minnesota extending into the prairie provinces of Canada. 


Between the open prairies of North Dakota and the forested lake country of northern Minnesota, lies the Red River Valley of the North - one of the most fertile farming regions on Earth.  The north flowing river valley is 550 miles long and widens from 10 to 50 miles before entering Manitoba and emptying into Lake Winnipeg and then on to Hudson Bay. The valley has some of the world's richest topsoil of organic black loam formed by glacial sediment deposits left from ancient Lake Agassiz.  Average annual rainfall of 28 inches is produced from the convergence of cool dry Canadian and humid Gulf air masses.  It grows a wide variety of crops including red spring wheat, sugar beets, potatoes, sunflowers, corn, soy beans, lentils and some of the highest quality malting barley in the World.             

                                                                                 Red River Valley Barley Growers MN/ND                                                                                      SGI Processing Site - Breckenridge MN     

                                                                                       SGI Barley Storage - Hope ND

Although barley is grown in warmer southern regions for feed, the best conditions for growing quality fodder/sprouting malting barley is in northern climates. The 'cooler nights' allow ripening grain to recover during hot summer 'heat stress' resulting in higher test weight and superior plump seed development during the 'flowering cycle.'

Barley is an ancient grain grown and documented since Biblical times. As barley protein is slightly lower compared to other cereal grains, protein is enhanced in the sprouting process.  Barley has one of the most explosive germ rates of all grains and is the preferred choice for fodder/sprouting.


SGI also sources premium barley from another prime growing area in the irrigated fertile San Luis Valley of Colorado.  At 7,600 feet, it is the highest elevation and largest commercial agricultural valley in the world.  The arid San Luis Valley is expansive and flat varying from 20 to 50 miles in width and 100 miles long from north to south. The valley sits between the Sangre de Christo and San Juan mountain ranges in southern Colorado.  This fertile highland valley is renowned for malting barley, potatoes, alfalfa & wheat along with carrots, lettuce, broccoli, canola, and cauliflower.   

                                                                                       San Luis Valley CO Barley Grower                                                                                     SGI Processing Site - San Luis Valley CO                                                                                    SGI Barley Storage - So. Fork CO

                                                                                   The Best Barley Growers in America

SGI works directly with both the growers & the livestock/poultry producers.  After germ & quality testing is complete, SGI coordinates sourcing agreements between growers and producers for delivery of grain to onsite fodder/sprout operations.

SGI maintains rigorous standards of testing to insure that the highest quality grains are delivered to its fodder producers. All grain testing is done by certified labs for the following specifications and issued:

Certificate of Analysis (COA)                                                                      

* 98%+ Germination Rates

* 48 lb.+ Test Weight

* 99%+ Purity

* 12%+ Protein                     

* Lab Tested for Toxins                                                    

All SGI grains are GMO free and Organic varieties meet all USDA/OMRI Organic Certification standards.



Grain is cleaned by a specially designed air-density grain cleaner to meet quality standards of 99.5%+ purity.

The Almaz Grain Cleaner is a patented cost effective and efficient grain cleaner for farmers, co-ops and seed dealers in the U.S..



All grain shipments are processed with 'Diatomaceous Earth' (DE) & trace minerals.  DE is added to grains to absorb moisture that can otherwise lead to clumping and caking. Diatomaceous Earth (DE) keeps grains dry, and improves flowability, while creating an unfavorable environment for mold, bacterial growth and is also an effective 'bug exterminator'.                                                                                          

*** It is strongly recommended that all grains delivered to humid, high dew point climates be stored in climate controlled containers or structures to avoid grain moisture absorption which can adversely affect the germination energy and vigor of the seed for fodder systems.***


*** Customer Comments ***

"I have tried other grain sources in my area with poor yields on my fodder system.  SGI puts me in contact with growers who grow the best quality I can find." M. Gingerich - TN

"I have been using organic barley sourced by SGI in my fodder system for nearly a year and have noticed my herd is more content and calm with increased milk production, butter fat and protein.  The milk has a milder sweeter taste right from the bulk tank." N. Gebhart - WI

"I was introduced to SGI over 8 years ago and have been very satisfied with growers introduced to me who provide quality grain." S. Huber - KY

"I have purchased barley from many sources for my Fodder System but "The Barley Guy" finds the best quality organic grains at the best price." A. Esh - PA

Equine Custom Blends

Equine have specialized digestive systems different from most other species. To accommodate this special need, SGI has developed an ‘Equine Custom Blends’ program.

By blending highly-digestible fodder with premium quality hay/forage, equine owners can reduce or eliminate most grain supplements and achieve the ultimate balanced diet to eliminate colitis, ulcers and many digestion and weight control problems. 

In coordination with veterinarians and nutritionists, owners can formulate the most effective blend of Fodder, Forage, Pasture and Supplements to keep horses in peak condition.          

                                                                                          Green Meadows 365 Grower                                                                                             Equine Forage Blend


Natural, palatable, consistent and nutritional source of blended timothy and orchard grass hay for all classes of horses.

* Can replace up to 100% of hay or pasture requirements.

* Supports blood building and digestive health with yeast, a natural source of B-vitamins.

* Helps promote the immune system.

* Chopped to enhance digestibility of nutrients critical to a horse's health and performance.

* Reduces metabolic concerns with controlled starch, while supporting muscle maintenance.

* Convenient and mess-free bags consistently contain the same palatable nutrition; reducing sorting and resulting in less waste than with conventional baled hay.


* Crude Protein (min.)9.0%

* Crude Fat (min)6.0%

* Crude Fiber (max.)30.0%

* Starch (max.)4.0%

* Vitamin A (min.)600 IU/lb

* Vitamin D (min.)60 IU/lb

* Vitamin E (min.)5 IU/lb


***Green Meadows 365***  

SGI is an Authorized GM365 Dealer for Growers of Premium Quality Alfalfa, Grasses & Forage Blends in the Midwest.

Our 'Preferred Growers' Produce Sun-Cured Forages that are Baled, Chopped, Custom Blended & Bagged at Optimal Storage (16%) Moisture and 'Peak Nutritional Value'.

By custom blending highly nutritious Fodder (by weight) with high-quality Forage, performance and pleasure horses can now achieve the highest quality nutritional balance.EXAMPLE of "Perfect Equine Blend" Daily/Monthly Ration Cost -  

A 1000 lb. horse is fed a ration of 2.5% of body weight = 25 lbs/day (15 lbs. Fodder + 10 lbs. of Forage)

*(Fodder & Forage ration % can be adjusted to meet energy requirements based on age, activity and condition.) 

Cost of 15 lbs. of Fodder (15 X $.06/lb.) = $0.90 

Cost of 10 lbs. of Forage (10 X $.30/lb.) = $3.00

Total Daily Ration -- 15 lbs. Fodder + 10 lbs. Forage ($0.90 + $3.00) = $3.90/day

$3.90/day x 30 = $117/mo.

( Values are approx. based on regional hay/forage prices & shipping. Supplements NOT Included.)

*** Consult your Nutritionist & Veterinarian for Custom Blends***

Grain & Shipping Costs


Specialty Grains Int'l (SGI) sources quality cereal grain and coordinates the transaction directly with growers & producers using fodder/sprouting systems. It is paramount that fodder/system producers use quality, high-germination, high purity grains to obtain the best results for yield and quality nutrition for their' livestock.

                                                                                        Barley/Lentil Grower MN                      

Over the past several years, SGI has researched and found the best sources of quality cereal grains in various growing areas of the U.S.. SGI works directly with farmers and co-ops to build personal relationships and negotiate competitive pricing with growers and producers from year-to-year. This allows SGI to eliminate the layers of brokers and fees that ultimately result in fair prices to growers and lower grain costs to fodder producers.

                                                                                         Loading Barley at ND Farm

One of the most important factors in lowering costs to end producers are the shipping costs. SGI has contracted a network of independent and terminal carriers across the U.S..  By competitive bidding of at least 3-5 different carriers on every shipment, SGI is able to achieve the most competitive shipping costs available for farmers, ranchers & growers.


SGI invites you to contact us directly to discuss your fodder system and answer all questions about grain and shipping costs.  (Prices listed below are approx. for cleaned & toted shipments.)

*** 6 Tote/Pallet MINIMUM ORDER ***

Conventional Barley - (Oct. 2020) 

Avg.price: $.20/lb. $400/Ton/Totes 

***(Shipping NOT Included)***  

($200/Ton Avg. Nationwide Shipping Rate).

Organic Barley - (Oct. 2020)

Avg.price: $.24/lb. $480/Ton/Totes 


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SGI Logistics shall act as coordinator/facilitator between growers (sellers) and producers (buyers) of designated products and services. ALL GRAIN & SHIPPING DEPOSITS ARE PAID IN ADVANCE TO AN ESCROW ACCOUNT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO GROWERS & SHIPPERS.



American Grassfed Approved

Fodder is Approved by the American Grassfed Association for Beef ~ Dairy ~ Pork.


 AGA-Ruminant-Standards-pdf - Pg. 13

There are NO daily feeding limits for pork producers.

Ag Lease/Finance

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AgLeaseUSA Offers 'EZ-Qualify' Ag Equipment Finance Programs for Farmers, Ranchers & Entrepreneurs in America.         

How Do Equipment Finance Agreements Work?

An EFA, or Equipment Finance Agreement, is a type of business loan where the customer takes ownership of the equipment upfront, and then pays the lender monthly, annually or under a schedule agreed on by both parties. It's similar to financing a car.

Equipment finance agreements (EFAs) are similar to loans, but they aren’t traditional loans like we described above. With a finance agreement, your amortization schedule stays the same regardless of when you pay each month and how much you pay. Your equipment finance agreement won’t have stated interest rates, and the balance won’t break down into principal and interest. Instead, your finance charges will get calculated into the series of fixed payments you make over the term of the finance agreement.

Equipment financing is perfect for small business owners who have demonstrated success in the market and are trying to grow. Because of the generally quick approval times, many small businesses have been able to use equipment financing to maintain and expand their business operations on the fly.

Another benefit of equipment financing is that monthly payments on an equipment loan can be considered an operating expense, which is tax deductible. Make sure to discuss this with your lender and tax professional when going over the terms of the loan, but many small business owners have enjoyed the savings by deducting loan payments

Overall, you can think of an EFA as a financing option that combines the ownership aspect of a loan with the financing structure of a lease. These agreements are often used to purchase assets that retain their value and equipment you plan to use long-term.

About SGI


Specialty Grains Int'l (SGI) is dedicated to sourcing the highest quality cereal grains, forages & legumes and coordinates growers & producers of fodder/sprouting systems. As stewards of the Creator's precious farm lands, farmers and ranchers can provide stable, cost-effective, high quality nutrition for their' horses, livestock and poultry to feed the nation and the world.

SGI is built on a Foundation of: 

   Character – Honesty – Reliability – Integrity – Service - Trust         

Curtis W. Swenson is the founder and managing director of Specialty Grains Int'l.  SGI was formed in 2010 at the height of an extreme drought in Texas and other widespread areas of the U.S.  At the time, Curtis was introduced to fodder/sprouting as an alternative feed source for livestock. 

Sprouting was developed 1000's of years ago in Egypt and was reignited over 50 years ago in Australia where farmers and ranchers had experienced extended periods of severe drought.

With the high mortality of nearly one million head of livestock in Texas, and sky-rocketing feed grain and hay prices, farmers and ranchers were desperate to find other options to sustain their' livestock.

On a 2010 tour of Amish and Mennonite farms, Curtis discovered that innovative Amish dairy farmers had developed fodder systems but were being sold 'low' quality feed barley for their' systems. Sensitive to their plight, Mr. Swenson went back to his roots in the Midwest to find high quality barley sources. Curtis, grew up on an 1100 acre grain and livestock farm in the fertile Red River Valley of the North.

History of RRV Bonanza Farms  

Barley was a mainstay in the rotation of alfalfa, corn, wheat, soybeans and sunflowers on the third-generation family farm. The Swenson farm was active in the development of hybrid barley & sunflower varieties by participating in field test plots with NDSU at Fargo, ND.

Thus began the reawakening passion of a "farmboy" to build a reputation and an active business across the U.S..

Today, Curtis is known as the "Barley Guy" to the Amish and Mennonite communities throughout the country. 

SGI is currently a grain supplier to fodder producers of premier fodder equipment manufacturers in the U.S.. This insures that fodder system owners experience high yields and nutritional quality fodder/sprouts for their' horse, livestock and poultry operations.

                                            Our Motto - "Your Success is Our Success"

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