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Lucerne Chaff

Lucerne Chaff


Lucerne chaff (also known as alfalfa) is the most nutritious roughage available. It contains the highest amounts of energy and protein and, in fact, contains more protein than any grain. This protein is of high quality. Lucerne chaff is also particularly high in calcium.

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General Information

Lucerne chaff is ideally suited for mixing and feeding in combination with oaten and wheaten chaff together with grain and protein meal based concentrates. Mixing chaff with concentrates can help to slow the rate of feed intake and reduce the risk of rumen acidosis in ruminants and hindgut acidosis in horses.

Lucerne chaff can also be fed as part of the diet of laying hens as a source of both nutrients and natural pigments that contribute to yolk colouration.

With horses, cattle, sheep and goats ensure that new feed materials are introduced into the diet gradually building up the to the full daily allowance over one to two weeks. With chaff and concentrate mixtures fed to ruminants and horses splitting the daily allowance into two small meals per day rather than feeding the entire daily allowance in one single meal is recommended. Ensure animals have access to fresh, clean water at all times.