Making good quality lucerne hay is a specialist business, requiring specialised equipment. There are many alternatives in haymaking plant available. Listed here are typical items of haymaking plant appropriate to the small-scale lucerne hay enterprise.
The availability of second-hand equipment, local contractors and bulk purchase deals will obviously affect the size of this . . . → Read More: Costs and Returns – Irrigated Lucerne for Hay
Lucerne is the ‘king of folders’ because it provides high quality, high protein feed all year round. This is particularly significant in the subtropics where tropical grasses are frosted and lose their nutritive value in the winter months.
The feed value of lucerne is greatest during its early vegetative phase (Table 9.2). . . . → Read More: Lucerne Nutritional Value
Lucerne is a high quality feed that will produce large quantities of wool, milk and meat in grazed systems. Sheep and cattle production can increase by 10-50% if lucerne is included in grass pastures.
The liveweight gain from grazing lucerne ranges from 0.6-1.2 kg/head/day, compared with the daily liveweight gain of cattle . . . → Read More: Lucerne for Animal Production
Hay left in the field is vulnerable to rain damage. Given average drying conditions, slight moisture from dew or light rain should not hurt the hay crop. However, heavier rain spoils the crop, whether it is partly or fully cured, by leaching nutrients, compacting it, and encouraging microbial activity to mould and . . . → Read More: Losses During Lucerne Haymaking and Storage