Lucerne is one of the most cost effective protein sources you can grow.
Of all the forage crops available to livestock farmers in the UK, there is no doubt that one of the most underrated and underutilised is Lucerne.
In the past the lucerne crop was nearly always associated with light land and low rainfall but this stereotyping is now breaking down as farmers see the crop being grown on a much wider range of soil types than before.
Certainly, there is no reason why more dairy and other livestock farmers should not be exploiting the crops potential and experts suggest that well over 250,000 hectares of land in this country could easily be facilitating improved feed intakes, a reduction in the amount of bought-in feed along with the ability to reduce fertiliser costs on farm.
Why Grow Lucerne?
- High protein forage
- Drought tolerant
- 4 cuts per year possible
- Lasts 5 years or even longer
- Clamp, big bale or hay
- The crop fixes its own nitrogen
- Can be dried and pelleted