Alfalfa adds value to the farm

Farms with a high demand for protein rich feed can become more self-sufficient by growing alfalfa.

22/02/2017


Sowing a field of alfalfa helps to reduce the costs for external protein sources and dependency on fluctuating world market prices, leading to improved economy. One field of alfalfa will generate more than 3.000 kg protein/ha due to its high content of protein (18-20%), compared to forage grass (14%), maize (9%) or soya (1.200 kg protein/ha).  

Read more about how alfalfa improves farm profitability.


In addition to high protein content and better self-sufficiency, alfalfa is also an excellent mixture component with grasses and an excellent complement to maize in the feed recipes. Finally, the crop is easy to establish and saves input cost on fertilisers.

Read more about alfalfa’s performance in a grass seed mixture.


New DLF alfalfa portfolio

The new breeding programme provides commercial varieties recommended for both forage and dehydration on the official GEVES list in France. The varieties provide top yield, high protein, good standability and improved pest and disease tolerance. DLF offers specialised alfalfa material with good yield and establishment under sub-optimal conditions, allowing growth of alfalfa on soils where it usually does not belong.
 

Some of the registered varieties

  • SALSA, combines a top yield with nematode resistance
  • FADO, provides top protein levels and good disease tolerance
  • MEZZO, has a very high dry-matter yield and excellent standability
  • LUDELIS, is a specialist for sub-optimal soil conditions
  • CRENO, is a winter-hardy winner

Click here to learn more about our extended alfalfa portfolio or contact your local sales representative or product manager.