George Tafounas

Cereal sprouts


George Tafounas

Case Study Contents

About Farm

Farm Name

George Tafounas

Year of foundation



Kalo Chorio, Larnaca

Farm area/size of the organisation:

0.8 ha

Number of workers:

2 workers

Farm main activity:

General field crops, Livestock

Climate and soil characteristics

The farmer does not cultivate on soil. In contrast, cereal sprouts are cultivated in specific bags filled with water.

Measure Information

Description of the measure

The sprouts are grown in special bags without soil. The seeds are soaked in water (8 hours in winter, 5 hours in summer). They are then left to dry in the sun. In 24 hours the seeds germinate and in 48 hours they are ready for animal feed.

Objective of the measure

  • Increase profit after replacing a large percentage of concentrated feed that is expensive.
  • Increase the nutritional value of animal feed (40% more vitamins)

Where did You get information of the measure from?


Description of the situation before the measure implementation

The difference before the application of the practice is that the farmer used to buy more quantities of concentrated feeds and, hence, he had higher expenses.

Implementation phase

Description of the survey done for the implementation

Only internet research.

Materials used

  • Barley seeds,
  • bags,
  • chlorine.

Costs for the implementation

Low budget of about 100€ per year for buying bags, seeds and chlorine.

Implementation / building

Storage house

Required maintenance operations

Storage house cleaning

Recommended knowledge / skills / training / courses / education desired before starting the measure implementation

Self-taught and internet research


The profit increased since the expensive concentrated feed (pellets) was largely replaced.
Reduction by 30% of the seeds required for animal feed (coarse & concentrated)
Healthier feed for animals, resulting in a better quality of meat reaching the consumer’s plate


Innovation elements

The use of this alternative feed source is very innovative.

Key element for success

Follow the procedure carefully when soaking the seeds so that they do not mould. Otherwise, the animals will be infected.


Physical constraints

Stick to the timetable.


Lesson learned

Farmers’ experiences

The farmer is very pleased because he managed to save money while producing feed of higher nutritional value for his animals.

Measure sustainability

Environmental sustainability

The measure is highly environmentally friendly

Economical sustainability

The economic sustainability is ensured since costs decreased significantly.

Transfer of the measure

Replicability conditions required

  • Availability of bags, seeds, and chlorine
  • Information and training

Conclusion remarks

According to the farmer, the specific measure is a good way to ensure healthy animal feed with a low cost. In this way, the cultivation of cereal sprouts is an environmentally and economically friendly practice.

Future plans

Keep using and improving this practice.

Open problems

  • Studies should be conducted by the competent state services so that results with accurate numbers are published to breeder and become able to apply the practice.
  • Information and training are needed for its full implementation.
  • It would be good if the measure could also receive a subsidy from the state.
  • Avoid molding of the seeds more than the recommended time in order to produce healthy feed for the animals.


Farmers should not hesitate to adopt the measure because is a relatively cheap practice that will make them save money and hence increase their profits.

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