My uncle's lucerne garden.
Lucerne is the best fodder. The grass has 20% protein. It is a good compliment to maize. It is leafy and low in fibre, breaking down rapidly into small pieces in the rumen. It quickly passes out of the rumen, allowing a greater intake of forage.
Image showing various stages of a cows digestive system. From the rumen, grass is expelled into the the mouth via the oesophugus for further chewing.
Lucerne is suited to naturally alkaline and free-draining soils. It is severely restricted on soils with pH below 6.2. Chalk and limestone soils are most suitable and waterlogged soils should never be sown to lucerne.
Generally, it is best to plant lucerne from March-May to minimize competition with weeds. The grass has a deep root system and is exceptionally drought resistant.
Nutrients found in lucerne are phosphate, potassium, calcium, magnesium and sulphur.
I am surely going to kick start this project!
Purchase those standard Lucerne seeds from Agra Namibia. But they from Agri-gro Namibia (Pty) Ltd.
Wish me luck!...