Our Alfalfa is #1 quality, light baled and is clean, dirt and weed free and kept in covered storage.
Alfalfa hay generally contains between 25 and 30% of its dry matter as rapidly
digested non-structural carbohydrates (NSC), such as pectins, sugars and starches, that quantitatively contribute to the level of total digestible nutrients (TDN) in the hay.
Alfalfa hay fiber, measured as NDF, is ideal for stimulating ruminative chewing in dairy cows. This is not an insignificant nutritional attribute, as ruminative chewing (i.e., chewing the cud), stimulates the flow of saliva to the rumen. Saliva has a high buffering capacity and so its flow to the rumen will help prevent rumen pH from
declining and potentially inducing the metabolic problems associated with rumen acidosis. In addition, alfalfa hay NDF has a high buffering capacity, which increases the overall amount of buffering that results from intake of alfalfa hay.
Alfalfa hay generally contains a level of crude protein (CP) that is much higher
than in competing forages such as cereal silages. In addition, alfalfa hay protein has a relatively low proportion that is soluble in rumen fluid, often about half the level in cereal silages, and this leads to an undegradable intake protein (UIP) proportion of 25 to 35% of total CP.
Alfalfa hay is relatively high in several minerals that are required by lactating
dairy cows. These include calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium, although alfalfa hay also contains significant levels of most other macro and trace minerals. However, unlike the previously discussed nutritional attributes, minerals have a relatively low economic value, as they can be inexpensively supplemented to a dairy ration from
ALFALFA HAY (LUCERNE) from Romania