Lucerne (Alfalfa Hay)

History and Production The name alfalfa comes from the Arabic language, and means “best fodder”. It is thought to have first been grown in Iran in about 700 BC. It has been known to be cultivated as a fodder crop by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Lucerne, also known as alfalfa is a perennial flowering


Eragrostis is a wiry, perennial grass that is native to South Africa. It was introduced into the United States in 1927, and is now widely used as a fodder crop in the USA . There are numerous species, differing somewhat in palatability, with conferta and robusta heading the list, and curvula being less palatable. Acceptability

Oat Hay

Oat hay can make a good forage for horses. Oat hay is high in fiber and the oats are already included in the feeding. Horses love it because there is a surprise in almost every bite, it’s also a great hay if you can find it. An oats/lucerne mix is much richer and higher in


Teff is considered a premium hay for a wide range of livestock including dairy, beef, sheep and horses. The soft forage is very palatable and readily consumed as dry hay, silage or pasture. It is similar to Timothy hay, with a crude protein content of 9-14%, and total digestibility of 55 – 64%. Teff is