Feedstuffs - Pasture & Hay Forages

Alfalfa

Alfalfa

  • High quality, cool season perennial legume with an extensive root system that makes it drought resistant.
  • Can grow to heights of 2 to 3 feet.
  • Grows best in hot, dry climates in soils that are deep, fertile, and well drained.
  • As a pasture forage it is not very tolerant to continuous grazing ruminants.
  • As hay it is very palatable, high in protein, and excellent for general feeding puroses.
  • Annual yields = 3-6 tons DM/acre

Average Nutrient Content

  • Ruminant TDN = 55-60%
  • Crude Protein = 15-25%
Physical Description - erect growing with many leafy stems arising from large crowns at solid surface; compound leaves with three long, narrow leaflets, no prominent watermark or V-shaped pattern, and serrated only at tip; can have purple or yellow flowers.

 


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