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Fodder is the sprouted seed of just about any grain.  Wheat seed and Barley seed are about equal in nutrition and protein percentage (Depending on what type/variety of Wheat or Barley you get).  Both, when sprouted as fodder, test out between 13% - 20% protein.  In addition to the really nice protein, fodder also has an abundance of nutrients, enzymes and probiotics.  These are the things which are lost when any grain or hay is cut, dried and processed, basically made in to "hay" to bale or chopped and stored for silage.

It is a fact that up to 50% (and sometimes up to 75%) of all the nutrients (which can include protein) are lost when you harvest, dry and then process any grain/hay, significantly reducing the nutritional value of even the best feed.  And of course, drying out (being cut off from its root system) destroys the enzymes and probiotic organisms in "wet feed" (anything growing is considered wet feed) or "live feed".  It is the enzymes, probiotic organisms and micro-nutrients in fodder which are so beneficial and why fodder is 80% digestible. Enzymes aid in digestion and the probiotics are excellent in keeping an animal's gut healthy.  The nature of dry feed is why so many manufacturers "add" vitamins, minerals and even combine grains to try and raise the protein and nutrient level.  However, it doesn't matter what producers may add to grains/feeds/supplements, if the animal is only able to digest, at most, about 35% of what they are fed, then most of what you are paying for ends up out the "other end" and on the ground to be mucked out.  The higher digestibility of fodder is one of the biggest advantages for your livestock's health.



Let's face it, ruminants and graze animals were never meant to eat grain, their gut wasn't made to digest it. (https://www.thedempsterclinic.com/are-what-food-eats/)


Of course, that is something you will never hear from anyone who promotes or pushes feeding grain to cows, goats, sheep, horses, pigs, llamas, alpacas - any animal that grazes.  Nor will you hear any different from the "old timers" because that is the way they have "always" done it, their fathers fattened livestock with grain and so did their grand-fathers (at least if their grandfathers were around for "the war" when corn production was higher than human consumption so they started feeding it to their cows).  I think that is ONE reason I consider myself very lucky, I am NOT a 3rd or 4th generation farm girl, not even a 2nd generation one, so I don't have life times of "traditional thinking" to overcome.  Bottom line - any animal that "grazes", eats grass - it is NOT a natural feed for them to eat grain.  People feed it for the wrong reasons and in truth, grain does more harm than good for and to the livestock it is "meant" to supplement, condition and improve their health and weight gain for higher market prices.