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Livestock Sprouter FAQ


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Manufacturing Experience
Sun Roads Farmory has over 18 plus years of experience and knowledge in this industry where as most if not all our competition has less than 10 years. We work hard to provide quality products and service where as the competition seems to be more interested in just the selling portion of the business and do not care about quality craftsmanship and service.

Does the Sprouter need to be placed inside a building?
As far as placing the system inside a barn/shop, it just makes it easier on you and extends the life of the system. For example; our systems can run with no problems out in the open elements, but here in Montana when it is -30 below zero and the wind and snow is blowing, it is no fun seeding and harvesting the system in those conditions. So I have my system for my animals inside my barn where I can stay out of the heat or cold to a degree. Now we have a number of customers that have their systems out in the elements and have had no problems. Temps from anywhere of 110 degrees plus (TX) and here in Montana at sub zero temps and work perfectly fine.

The President of the manufacturing company has an 1100 acre ranch in Montana.

As for the general operating temps listed, outside temperatures range from 45 degrees to 98 degrees Fahrenheit that is in relation to the standard or normal operating utility cost of the equipment (HVAC, pump). When we experience temps outside of that range the systems will operate completely fine but you will have an increased utility cost from our normal operating tempscost calculations. The increase is not much but we note this to the customer as we do not want a customer to have any surprises.

 Component Parts

We do not sell just the key components. Main reason why is just as the person states "Cut costs" and then by the time they have the heating and cooling just right, irrigation just right, and finally controlling all possible contamination's they find out that they have just spent more than what it would have cost in just buying a turnkey system from us. And guess what? They then will blame their overruns on us. Already learned that lesson with one person and that was all it took. To date we have had two people I know that came and looked at our systems, wanted to just buy the components (which we refused) and so they then proceeded to build their own units. After a number of months both people called me and begged for us to sell them the parts after one person had spent nearly $40K for the size of our $18K system and still could not get his system to operate correctly.

So in short I would kindly have to decline selling this person just the components. Let him know that you will save more money and time by just buying our turnkey systems. And that this is not just a sales pitch as I have been doing this for over 18 years and it still amazes me how a majority of people think that by just adding water and heat and they will be successful in hydroponics.

 Water Spray, Air Conditioning, Lighting    

What size AFS unit would you recommend to supply sprouts to 50 milking goats, 50 hogs and 20 cattle (milking) ? The AFS 172 would be right at this feeding capacity. Assuming that all the goats, hogs, and cattle are not all a full maturity the AFS 172 will cover all of them per day.

2.  Does the water spray act as sort of a mist so every seed and sprout gets covered? The systems irrigation is designed to provide max germination and sprout of any seed that is placed in the system.

3.  What kind of Air Conditioning unit is involved?  Is it a standard make?  Size equivalent:  1 ton, etc.,

It is a 1 ton HVAC and is designed for this application

4.  What kind of Lighting is involved?

Right now the systems have 4 ft bulb lighting and will have LED lighting as well


The trays are right at 3 ft x 3 ft divided into 3 sections of 1 ft x 3 ft. One section provides one mat which is just right for a standard size horse or cow.

It depends on the size of dairy cow, and so if your cows’ average 1500 lbs 20-30 lbs of sprouts with 15 lbs of dry matter hay or other roughage on average. The key is for the dairy person to start out feeding what you are comfortable with and then you can adjust the ration up or down.

1 – 8 ratio  - Economics   

As mentioned before, for every 1 lbs of grain put in the system you will average 8-9 lbs of harvested crop. So you have an 8:1 ratio benefit vs. if you are feeding straight whole grain ration which of course is a 1:1 ratio. So when a person is buying a ton of whole grains at $400 per ton you can then use the above ratios and see the economical savings. Also there will be on average a reduction of dry matter (hay) ration by anywhere of 10% to 50%.


Plus you will see reduction in manure, better overall health conditions of the animal and increased production of butter fat % in the milk. And there are other underlying benefits overall.

So in short you will without a doubt see a cost saving on the input side of up to as high as 50% and an increase in profitability on the output side.

Do you ship to Foreign Countries and what about the electrical differences?

1) Yes we could ship to other countries

2) No problem, we can just convert our control box and other components to that electrical requirement. Would just need to know what style of plug-in they would require.


The 30 amp system uses right at 15 KW per 24 hour cycle.

Unloading – Fork lift         

You will need a fork lift to off load the system. You should also ensure that the forklift has at least 8 ft extensions and for the AFS172 at least 10 ft extensions for the forklift. This will make off loading very simple and safe. If you have a concrete floor you can install the caster wheels to the skids on the frame and roll it into position. Otherwise you can use the forklift to move it into position.

 Setup required for product?

Very little unpacking, there will be a box inside the system with paper work and cleaning hose, spray nozzle, pool floater, step ladder, and a few other things in the box. You will remove posts that are zip tied to the rack which just keeps the trays from moving around during transport (trays are already installed). Other than that, its level your system and slope it from seed end to harvest end approximately 3 1/2 inches, hook up your water, power, place the seed in the first days trays, prime the water pump (1 1/2 gallons of water) and switch it to automatic.

 Daily Operating Cost        

When it comes to the utility cost per day you’re looking at around $2.00 per day (of course electrical rates vary from state to state) and for the largest system you are looking at around $2.25  

 Inside building                   

Is there anything additional needed for installation if I tell them they need to: We do recommend that the systems be placed in a barn, shop, or some type of enclosure structure and these structures do not necessarily need to be heated or cooled as the units are climate controlled already, but is not mandatory as we do have a few customers that do have their systems out in the open.
        Put the unit inside a building, preferably one with some temperature controls
        Attach a garden hose (or refill the reservoir with water daily).   All the systems come with an inlet for a garden hose attachment.
        Connect to an electrical power source.

Electrical and Solar Power         

As for now, all of our systems minus the AFS 172 require a 20 amp dedicated breaker. The AFS 172 requires a 30 amp dedicated breaker. I know our systems can be on a solar setup as we have an AFS 99 already 100% off the grid from a customer in California. That includes the customer’s water well also.

 Power Consumption:       

a.    What power consumption is used?  Amperage, watts, etc.  Including initial surge watts if significant. 30 amps dedicated for our largest system, the AFS 172 and 20 amps for the other listed systems. We may in the very near future have all the systems on the 30 amp


b.    Size of Generator required for emergency backup? The customer if they choose to will need a generator that can meet the 30 amp or 20 amp load requirements.

Water Reservoir      What size reservoir do the units carry? 

All the units up to the largest one use a 45 gallon reservoir tank and the largest one uses a 75 gallon tank.
a.       Does the unit need to be connected to a running water source (hose) or could the tank be refilled daily as needed? Yes as the tank has a float and check valve and will allow the system to always have enough water to run the 24 hour cycles.

b.      Is it easy to add chemicals or minerals to the water if desired? Yes, we do provide a chlorine floater and if you choose to add liquid, you can add it directly to the tank or you can request us to put in a manual dosing line into the irrigation line during construction.

Shipping Time

We are hoping to have inventory units available by this fall so that if a person orders they can receive it within a week.  Now if a customer orders a unit, about how long would it take to ship?  Normally once we have received the deposit (50%) on the system the system will take approximately 3-5 weeks on average.

Are custom size units possible?

Custom units will be determined by location and if it is a fixed on site or portable designed.

Standard P.O. Form? Do you have a standard form that you or your sales people use to place an order?

Yes, we have a PO form that provides the necessary questions upfront.   Then any customer questions will be answered via email and sometimes phone calls

What does the customer have to do when his unit arrives to begin operation? 

Is this system Plug & Play read?

Yes the systems are plug_and_play. If you do not have a 20 amp or 30 amp dedicated breaker will need to have that installed. Then you will need a 20 amp L5 125V twist lock (female) receptacle plug-in installed coming off of the breaker box and for the largest system the 30 amp twist lock receptacle. You will need water source via a standard garden hose and then that is it. At the stage of the customer signing the PO and placing the deposit down on their system. Everything will be covered that you will need to have in place prior to arrival.
Upon Arrival:

1.    Place the unit inside a building whenever possible,

a.    We recommend that the systems be placed inside a barn or shed to extend the life of the system. Even though the systems will operate fine out in the open

2.    Remove the paperwork and straps holding the trays in place for the shipment

3.    Connect to an electric line,

4.    Connect to a running water (hose) source..

5.    You may want to add some water and chlorine or hydrogen peroxide to the tank and run the sprayer for a short time to ensure everything is disinfected and clean before you start using it.

6.    Add seeds:  put the correct amount of seed in the xyz trays to be seeded that day and turn the controller to auto and that is it.


The nutrient levels of the various seeds sprouted will vary some but not much over all. Of course the quality of the seed plays the largest part of how high the levels are. For example; grains (barley, wheat, oats) on average will have on a low end 12% protein and 24% on the high end of proteins. Fibers are usually around 11%-18%.


Almost all your various sprouts including legumes/grasses will have similar levels as grain. When mixed/blended it will push up the levels by 5%-10% on average. So the nice thing about these systems is that the customer can base their feed off of what is available in their area, price, and easily get whatever you are sprouting tested and then you can dial it in to exactly what nutrient levels you want to achieve and very cost effective.

The reason we recommend feeding the sprouts on day 6 or 7 is that is when the sprout/seed is at its optimum nutritional value.

There are various studies and there is a short list on our website.

I do not believe in feed any animal 100% of one feed source and since animals are grazers by nature and by habit, it is highly recommended by me that you have some additional roughage to go along with the sprouts.

You can call your local seed co-ops and they usually will assist you in finding the larger quantities needed.

 pH       Fertilizer

The ph is not a huge factor in the sprouting and we do not recommend any fertilizers as it just increases the cost of input and you will achieve a good solid crop without it. If you choose to use a booster you can, it will not hurt the crop and yes it will increase the yield weights and nutrients. But you must consider where your break-even point is when adding additional inputs.

Mold   What is done to prevent the possibility of mold?

Use chlorine tabs, hydrogen peroxide, and various organic cleansers to assist in keeping the systems clean and keeping mold in check. Now the quality of seed also plays a very key role in reducing and controlling mold issues. Which once again I let the customer know and also provide growers/technical support of the system as long as they have the systems.

Disinfectants: Chlorine

We do recommend chlorine or hydrogen peroxide added to the water to help keep the system clean and control any possible mold issues. We have a few clients using different products to help keep their systems clean and we are researching them as to their claims before we recommend them to our overall client base.

Water Drain routed to a water tank

The water outlet (drain) can be collected if you so desire and routed to a water tank for their animals or you can dispose of it as you see fit and how you have their draining setup. The systems have a 2 inch drain spout that you can connect any length of hose or pvc pipe to.

 Demo Sites

We have systems in Utah, Texas, Colorado, Montana, Washington, California, Mass., Missouri, and Arizona.

Financial Options

We can recommend a financial company with experience in lending funds to farmers for the AFS Sprouter systems.  Just email me at info@hydroponicsfarming.com  for contact information.

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