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Seed Info

Green Sprouts Solutions offers a division that specialises in the supply of high quality Seed to its customers. As part of the services we source quality seed from various seed producers that are tested for good germination and repacked to ensure minimal spillage.
Available Seed

The mainstream seed used in green feed Boosters are:

  • Barley

  • Oats

  • Maize

  • Lupins

Barley Seed Suppliers South Africa
Germination can affect seed
  • The Booster provides better control over the germination of your seed that to let it be in an open field.

  • Seed contains natural acid that can possess a health risk to mammals. Ingesting excess seed can cause acidosis in the stomach. When seeds germinate, this acid is released.

  • Seed is mainly a silo for starch. Starch is converted into sugars once digested by the animal, which in excess of is converted into fat and stored in the body. Unfortunately, the slaughter percentage of animal is affected negatively by fat (lower weight results). Meat quality is also a lower grade (leading to lower prices).

  • The digestive system better absorbs germinated seeds, this is where the Booster comes in handy as it germinates seed faster than the conventional way.

  • When seeds germinate, cell division takes place that causes starch to convert into carbohydrates, protein and other valuable nutritional elements. 

  • Energy and proteins are the two most essential components in a feed ration.

  • When seed germinates, it becomes an anti-oxidant (potentially removes toxic materials from the body).

New Feeding Practice

Conditions on farms today have forced some farmers out of their conventional practices into new methods to implement a more sustainable farming management. Methods that were applied in the past are no longer economically viable, which is why many producers loose hope and believe that this is due to the high input costs that it is no longer lucrative to farming.

When whole maize seed is fed to sheep, the body absorbs about 43% of the seed and the rest ends up in the manure. This is without a doubt an uneconomical feeding practice.
Sheep, goats, cattle, horses, etc. their digestive systems are designed to eat plants and not just a bunch of seed. Birds on the other hand have much stronger stomach acids and are designed to thoroughly break down and absorb nutrients through the digestive system. Here we do not suggest that all seed is prohibited for mammals. Looking at the natural feeding patterns of mammals, you find that animals who graze in the field do take up grass seeds without it having a negative effect. However, we should just focus on the grass and seed ratio, size and hardness of the seed on the field against the maize seed being consumed.

In order to overcome this challenge, the Booster was designed to naturally germinate the seed and sprout an edible plant.

Barley Seed Suppliers South Africa
Barley Seed Suppliers South Africa
Barley Seed Suppliers South Africa
Barley Seed Suppliers South Africa
Barley Seed Suppliers South Africa
Barley Seed Suppliers South Africa
Barley Seed Suppliers South Africa
What attracts farmers to seed feeding?

  • Many meat producers have been brainwashed over years to believe that seed is the only real method which works for feeding purposes.

  • Seed is easy to store as long as it can be kept dry and insect/rodent free.

  • Seed is easy to transport and handle.

  • Seed is available in large quantities.

  • Seeds can be ground into powder, at a cost, so that it can increase absorption. 

  • Pre-fabricated concentrated feed mixes consisting of grinded seed are offered in pre-packed bags which is readily available at a costly price. 

Why is forage (germinated seed) such a key component in the food chain for animals?
  • The uptakes of forage, including barley sprouts, are about 92% in the animal’s digestive system.

  • Forage is free of excess acid.

  • Forage is free of excess natural poisons.

  • Forage is an anti-oxidant.

  • Chlorophyll (the green substance in leaves) formed in the sprout encourages red tissue (meat, organs, blood, etc.) in the body, to speed up recovery.

  • Red blood corpuscles are the carriers of oxygen in the body. More red blood cells are generated by chlorophyll, which in turn oxygenates the body more effectively and contributes to a healthier animal.

  • Forage contains high concentrations of Keratin (stimulant of the sex hormones in ewes, cows) resulting in higher lambing and calving

  • We can elaborate much more about this....

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