A piece of history is about Lucerne
Lucerne has been called the queen of plants because of its remarkably high yields, nutrition and palatability. Lucerne is a very important and vital part of the livestock farm, met name in de zuivelgebieden, daarnaast word Luzerne ook veel gebruikt bij vleesvee.
Studies have shown that including Lucerne in the diet of dairy cows improves feed intake and increases milk protein production, without a change in milk fat.
The advantages in combination with the lower costs for feed production compared to silage contribute to the improvement of the margin per liter of milk produced.
What is Lucerne?
Lucerne is a leguminous plant that has been cultivated for about 2000 years. Lucerne grows best in areas with lots of sun. Lucerne is very tolerant of winter temperatures. It is a deeply rooted crop that maintains dry matter production well in times of low rainfall!
Thanks to its deep rooting, it lays the organic matter vertically in the soil, which means that a much larger surface area of the soil is used for water storage and for absorbing nutrients. At the same time, minerals are retained much better in this way so that leaching is prevented.
4 Reasons to have Lucerne in your pasture:
1. Secure feed production – In dry summers, Lucerne does better than perennial rye grass.
2. Has a higher yield compared to perennial rye grass (10-15 tons/ha/year, without fertilizer).
3. Lurcerne is very rich in protein, depending on the growth stage, the protein content varies between 15% and 20%.
4. Lurcerne is rich in vitamins and minerals, thanks to its deep rooting.
The cultivation of Lucerne has a number of clear advantages. In particular due to the nitrogen-binding capacity of the crop, no fertilizer is needed, which increases the profit.
In areas where Lucerne is successfully grown, crop yields can be reduced under good management in monoculture yield 10-15 tons/ha/year, mowing/grazing 4-5 times a year.
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