Lucerne Artémis

A highly nutritious forage for livestock

  • Lucerne is a highly nutritious forage for livestock

  • It combines good digestibility with high proteins providing excellent milk yields or daily live weight gains

  • A more mature hay crop would be more suitable for feeding young stock

  • Dairy
  • Beef
  • Sheep

Lucerne is a highly nutritious forage for livestock. It combines good digestibility with high proteins providing excellent milk yields or daily live weight gains. A more mature hay crop would be more suitable for feeding young stock.

 

Potential

 

  • One of the most underrated and underutilised forage crops available to livestock farmers in the UK
  • To utilise lucerne, ensure a minimum of 50% flowering (50% of the tallest stems have a flower) prior to the first grazing/cutting.
  • If the stand is weedy at establishment it can be grazed/cut ONCE if it is 15-20cm tall and then left to flower to a minimum of 50%
  • >300 - 500 g/hd/d – rotationally grazed or cut
  • High MJME and high protein, which is easily digested.

 

Advantages

 

  • Perennial - Well managed crops can persist for up to 5 years
  • Performs well in free draining, drier environments due to tap roots
  • Dual purpose.

 

Limitations

 

  • Legume – pH 6.0 and high levels of P to establish
  • Requires good management
  • For more information and advice on management, please contact us for the guide.

 

Sowing rate: 8-10kg/acre (20-25kg/ha). Drill at 5 - 12mm deep on normal soils or up to 25mm on light sandy soils.

Pack sizes: Available in pack sizes 25kg

Composition
Variety
Species
100%
Artémis
Lucerne
Specifications
Artémis

Despite being a highly nutritious form of forage for livestock, lucernes are some of the most underrated and underutilised forage crops in the UK.

 

Although lucerne can be grazed, it is most useful as silage and is therefore well-suited to zero-grazing systems (fresh feeding) and for making silage.