Perfect forage

Lucerne has a high content of protein and effective fibre. A choice for lucerne is a choice for optimal roughage production and maximum milk production. On top of that you will economise on purchasing supplementary concentrates. 

High quality seed by Barenbrug

All Barenbrug lucerne varieties give a high (protein) yield. They have a large proportion of leaves and flexible stem parts. The latter ensure that little highprotein leaf is lost during cutting. High-end Barenbrug varieties can easily yield more than low quality varieties to an equivalent of value of €150 per hectare per year. Barenbrug lucerne seed is free from noxious weeds and the lucerne plants have a high resistance against nematodes. Barenbrug can provide a suitable seed type for every climate zone.

 

Tolerance to drought

Lucerne is highly suitable for cultivation in dry areas. Lucerne roots will penetrate the ground more than 100 centimetres deep when the soil allows this. Its plants are better able to absorb moisture from the deeper layers of soil compared to grasses. This is why lucerne also is an excellent choice in dry areas of, for example, Central and Eastern Europe. In the coming decades, the likelihood of dry, hot summers will be on the rise, making lucerne the forage crop of the future.


EU-CAP

Greening is an important element of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Because lucerne fits in well with this policy, some countries are offering subsidy opportunities for farmers growing lucerne - making it an even more attractive forage choice for dairy farmers.

 

 

The composition of lucerne silage

Table 1 shows the differences in main nutrients from lucerne and maize silage. The values may vary according to circumstances.

 

Lucerne is a great protein source and provides a high effective fibre content (NDF) to the feed ration. Lucerne silage and maize silage are complementary in composition and form an ideal base to feed high productive dairy cows

 

 

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