Lucerne hay is grown throughout the world as forage for livestock and is often harvested for hay, but can also be used as a garden mulch. It is a clover like plant belonging to the pea family and very high in nitrogen. In some areas it is known as alfalfa. Lucerne has one of the highest feeding values for all common hay crops and is the highest yielding forage plant and an excellent source of protein, energy, minerals and vitamins to improve livestock health. Lucerne also increases organic matter for improved soil structure and puts nitrogen but into the soil, making it a perfect garden mulch.
Horses – Lucerne Hay is lower in sugar then other forms of hay such as oaten and many meadow hays, making it a perfect choice of roughage for laminitis horses. It is also very high in protein.
Poultry – Lucerne can be used in layer diets as a source of pigment for producing the yellow colour in the yolk. A level of about 8 % of good quality lucerne will provide adequate yolk colour. Lucerne can be included in diets for growing chickens but should be limited to no more than 5 percent. Above 5 percent, growth rate is depressed and this is considered to be due to saponin-like compounds present in Lucerne.
Garden – Lucerne hay is very high in nitrogen and breaks down quickly, making it perfect for the home garden. They break down to quickly to be used as straw garden. Apply a layer of 1 to 3 inches deep.
Benefits for the garden include –
- Contains high levels of protein
- Provides many important minerals, including potassium, calcium, iron, folic acid and others Increases soil nitrogen
- Suppresses weeds Decomposes quickly, making it an excellent choice for poor soil
- Conserves moisture Keeps soil cool in summer and warm in winter
- Reduces fertilizer requirement, thus reducing expenses
- Stimulates healthy root growth
- Contains natural hormones that help prevent root disease
- Feeds worms that help keep soil healthy
Rabbits – Lucerne hay has a higher protein level than grass hay, which makes it too fattening to feed as the main diet for the average adult rabbit, although it can be good for growing youngsters or putting weight on an underweight rabbit. Lucerne hay is high in calcium (very sweet-smelling in nature) and should be fed in low levels to healthy adults.
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