Alfalfa is the legume also known as the “Queen of forages.” It deserves this name because it supplies millions of animals with high quality feed throughout the world. Its taproot makes it heat and drought-tolerant. Some of the problems with alfalfa are persistence, diseases, insects, and bloat. Except for the latter, these problems can be controlled with selecting the right variety. Alfalfa is less suited for grazing because the livestock traffic will kill the crowns. Alfalfa combined with grass in a well managed pasture will survive for several years though.
However, alfalfa is high in protein and relatively low in energy. The cell walls are not easy to digest by animals. Adding a high-energy grass (e.g., perennial ryegrass, orchardgrass, or tall fescue) will increase energy levels in the hay.
Baralfa 42 IQ
Baralfa 42 IQ (increased quality) is a new variety with extremely high feed quality. It has been selected to withstand the heavy traffic related with today’s harvest practices. Its multiple rooted crown lies deeper in the soil to ensure protection. Baralfa 42 IQ is one of the first varieties that combines a fall dormancy of 4 with a winter-hardiness of 2. It is a dormancy 4 variety with extremely good disease and insect resistance. Baralfa 42 IQ scores HR (high resistance) to all but one disease.
Baralfa X42 is the next generation of hybrid alfalfas using the msSunstra Hybrid Alfalfa Technology! It features the branch rooted trait to allow it to persist and be productive in poorly drained soils. Baralfa X42 is also characterized by its aggressive, high forage yielding, high quality features. It expresses fast re-growth of dense, distinct fine stemmed forage. This fine stem characteristic makes a dense attractive alfalfa bale. As the stands of Baralfa X42 get older, the forage yield and persistence advantages become more pronounced.
AC Grazeland Br
Animals experience up to 80% lower incidence of bloating with AC Grazeland Br. The culmination of 20 years of research by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, AC Grazeland Br features a superior rate of gain for beef cattle and increased milk production.