Alfalfa, Medicago sativa also called lucerne
Alfalfa, also known as lucerne or Medicago sativa, is a plant that has been grown as feed for livestock for hundreds of years. It was long prized for its superior content of vitamins, minerals and protein, compared to other feed sources.
Alfalfa is a part of the legume family, but it’s also considered to be an herb. It seems to have originally come from South and Central Asia, but it has since been grown around the world for centuries.
In addition to being used as feed, it also has a long history of use as a medicinal herb for humans. Its seeds or dried leaves can be taken as a supplement, or the seeds can be sprouted and eaten in the form of alfalfa sprouts.
Alfalfa Hay & it's Nutrition info
Alfalfa is an excellent source of good quality protein and fiber. Alfalfa is a legume hay and is sometimes called “lucerne”. These hays are higher in protein and minerals and are more palatable than grass hays. Alfalfa in particular is high in energy and is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. When properly cured, alfalfa is the best of the legume hays from a nutrient standpoint. It has the most feed value of all the perennial pasture forages. Alfalfa is used as for horses, dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep, chickens, turkeys and other farm animals.
With its high nutritional quality, Alfalfa hay is one of the best and most popular horse feed varieties available. Alfalfa is included in the rations for young growing animals, breeding animals, and adult working horses. Its high protein, calcium and vitamin content make it especially useful in balancing rations for brood mares and young growing horses. Its palatability makes it especially popular for horses that are finicky about eating.
It is also a popular choice in the export and domestic markets for top producing dairy cows. The hay is high in both protein and calcium and low in fiber. Alfalfa is the best combination source of fiber and protein. We provide the highest quality of Alfalfa. In dairy cows, the protein provided by our alfalfa increases the quantity of milk produced. The correct balance of fiber through feeding of high fiber Timothy Hay increases the quality by increasing butter fat. Alfalfa has a high value as a feed because it leads to a higher yield of milk.
At The Farmhouse Farms
We only chose the highest quality alfalfa. We go out to the farm our selves and inspect all the alfalfa being cut to ensure that quality.