Alfalfa is a highly palatable legume that has been grown as livestock feed since the fourth century. It is valued for its high nutritional quality and is an excellent source of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Hydroponically grown alfalfa fodder is more digestible than its field-grown, dried hay counterpart, increasing feed efficiency and reducing the need for concentrates.

Benefits of feeding alfalfa fodder:

  • High in energy, calcium and other minerals
  • Excellent source of amino acids
  • As much as 18% protein
  • Contains important vitamins B,C, D, E and K
  • Highly digestible and palatable
  • Improved conception rates and fertility
  • Increased livestock longevity

If alfalfa is not available in your area, there are a couple of sprouts that can be grown instead that have similar nutritional value. These include:

  • Canola
  • Cottonseed
  • Orchardgrass
  • Clover

Did you know?

Alfalfa is known as the queen of forage crops, and for good reason. It is the third most widely grown crop in the United States and it is among the highest in feed value.
As with any change in a livestock feed regimen, it is important to gradually transition to fodder. Introducing new feeds slowly reduces stress and the concern of digestive system diseases, such as colic or bloat.
It is widely believed that alfalfa was grown as a forage crop long before recorded history. The name alfalfa comes from the Arabic language and means "best fodder."

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