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What are fodder rooms?

Fodder rooms are especially designed and built transportable rooms that are temperature and humidity controlled to sprout grain (predominantly barley) for feeding to livestock. The rooms are capable of operating in all environmental conditions for 365 days of the year.

What size fodder rooms do Fodder NZ Make?

We make three sizes of transportable rooms. (length x depth, height)

The single bay room:  3.0m  x 2.4m x 2.7m

The two bay room :     5.8m x 2.4m x 2.7m

The three bay room:   8.2m x 2.4m x 2.7m

How many rows does each room have to grow fodder on?

Each room has six rows laid out with removeable trays in which the fodder grows.  We make two tray sizes, 1200m x 300mm x 50mm and 1500mm x 300mm x 50mm

How many trays are there in each room?

The single bay room has 48 trays

The double bay room has 96 trays

The triple bay room has 144 trays

The room itself looks simple enough, so what makes it so special?

The technology that runs the room is the real key to success. State of the art electronics are driven by sophisticated computer programs that maintain and monitor the room. These support not only the rooms operation but also its background support and error checking functions.

What type of grain is sprouted in the fodder rooms

We recommend a class of malting barley referred to as RMB. This has higher protein than standard malting barley and considered out of specification for use by the brewing industry (due to its protein levels), it is ideal for sprouting in the fodder rooms.

Can other grain be grown in the rooms?

Yes. We have trialed an RMB mix which has included other seeds and grains such as peas, lupin, sunflower and maize.

How much fodder does each room grow to be fed to livestock each day?

The single bay room produces  120 to 140 kgs per day

The double bay room produces 290 to 350kgs per day

The triple bay room produces  430 to 500 kgs per day

Each rooms output is dependent upon the amount of dry grain put into the room and the size of the tray used.

Do you make standalone sheds to grow upwards of 1 tonne of fodder a day?

We are currently working with companies to build a shed to our design and specification that meets New Zealand’s stringent building code that will grow 1 to 5 tonne or more of fodder a day. Two of our existing 3 bay transportable rooms combined will grow 1 tonne of green feed fodder a day.

What does it cost to grow Fodder?

Aside from the one off capital cost of the room, we currently grow fodder at a cost of $0.16 per kg of green feed.

How much fodder do I feed to my livestock?

As a general guide we recommend between 3% and 5% of live weight depending in the species, its age and the farm livestock policy. This is supplemented by hay or pasture forage.

How many animals can I feed from a Fodder NZ fodder room?

We have prepared a table that presents a snapshot summary typical for sheep and cattle which you can find here. The number of animals to be fed depends on their weight and your farm policy.

However, for a quick snapshot answer we provide the following examples:

Species Weight (kg)

1 bay


2 bay


3 bay


1 tonne

a day

2 tonne

a day

3 tonne

a day

  Start hd per day hd per day hd per day hd per day hd per day hd per day
Cattle 150 39 78 117 222 444 666
  350 17 34 50 95 190 285
  550 11 21 32 61 121 182
Sheep 25 230 460 700 1,330 2,660 3,990
  35 160 320 480    950 1,900 2,850
45 130 260 390   740 1,480 2,220
55 107 213 320   606 1,212 1,818

Does my fodder room need any special cleaning and if so, why?

The fodder room is growing bio mass in the form of sprouted barley. The grain when it comes into the room may contain mould and other disease spores that could affect the product. We have a simple cleaning program that focuses on minimum effort, maximum return, to reduce the risk of contamination. Part of that process is built into the room and part includes common sense cleaning of the room and trays.

Where do I get any cleaning products or other items that are consumed in the room?

You may get products directly from us or through accredited suppliers. We offer a range of alternative cleaning products (including organically approved products) and process options. While all are effective, the choice as to which one to use is up to the farmer. We do not require any specific branded products to be used in our rooms.

What does it cost to lease a Fodder room through FodderLEASE?

For an initial lease period of three months, the single bay room is $35 per day, the double bay room is $45 per day and the triple bay room $55 per day. For an initial lease period of six months the rental decreases by $5 per day. All pricing is plus GST.

If I lease a room and then decide to buy it can I do that?

In order to maintain full tax deductibility, Inland Revenue rules must be complied with. We suggest that you discuss this with your accountant. We are happy to talk to your accountant and answer any questions.

Is the cost of a FodderLEASE tax deductible to me?

Generally speaking, costs of a revenue nature, such as the lease of plant or equipment incurred in the production of assessable income, are tax deductible. As such the costs of leasing are usually tax deductible.  Inland Revenue does have some rules around various types of leases so you should contact your accountant to discuss this aspect of your investment. We are happy to talk to your accountant and answer any questions.

What does a Fodder NZ room cost to buy outright?

As we update our rooms our pricing may change. The cost of the rooms is also influenced by changes in the New Zealand dollar as we import significant components for our rooms. We also offer a small number of options with the rooms which will impact upon the final price. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and the pricing options.

Where are your rooms made?

We make Fodder NZ rooms at our factory at Shannon. From there we ship the rooms around New Zealand.

Do you use New Zealand components in your Fodder NZ rooms?

Yes. While a number of our components and motors are sourced around the world, a significant portion of the equipment used in the rooms comes from New Zealand.

With the use of overseas parts, do you hold spares in case of a breakdown?

Yes. We hold a large inventory of spare parts should they be needed. In addition, we have sourced our overseas components from countries with extensive supply chains to avoid using “orphan” components just because the price may have been cheaper.

Do you provide a warranty for your rooms?

Yes. We warrant the rooms and the components’ in the rooms. In addition, we have a service backup team who can attend on farm to address equipment performance issues should these arise

If I have any problems with my Fodder room what support do you offer and how much does it cost?

We have a liberal support policy covering telephone, email and personal contact. We want your room operation to be a success so we have developed a comprehensive support policy which you can find here.

I’m retired from farming now and was thinking of getting a lifestyle block and just running a few head of cattle or sheep on it. Would the Fodder NZ system suit that scenario?

Yes. In fact the initial concept behind the establishment of Fodder NZ was to enable small block holders or farmers with areas of otherwise uneconomic or limited land, the opportunity to take that land and turn it into a profitable livestock trading business.

I like the Fodder NZ concept and might be interested in selling and promoting the product. Can I contact you to discuss this?

Yes. Our contact details are all here. You can email us a question or ask us to call you. Alternatively telephone us on 0800 16 32 64 and ask for our Managing Director, David Petterson.

I am looking for investment opportunities and would like to discuss the opportunity of becoming part of the FodderLEASE program. Can I contact you to discuss this further?

Yes. Our contact details are all here. You can email us a question or ask us to call you. Alternatively our Managing Director, David Petterson, can be contacted on 021 494 622

If I want more information about the operation of the fodder rooms how do I get in touch with you?

Yes. Our contact details are all here. You can email us a question at or ask us to call you to discuss the Fodder NZ concept. Alternatively, telephone us on 0800 16 32 64.