We have discovered an amazing method of Lucerne Tree food production ~
When we pruned our trees, we collected all our cuttings and fed our sheep and cattle these soft branches, but when we pushed the cuttings through a chipper, the animals absolutely LOVED it!
Advantages of chipping Lucerne Tree branches ~
- ALL the cuttings are used as food. Nothing is wasted!
- The soft lucerne tree branches are high in nutrient value and fiber.
- Chipped trees can be fed as green, wet fodder.
- Dried chipped lucerne trees can be stored in bags.
- Add salts and crushed mealies added to chipped fodder as an excellent, nutritious finishing food for lambs and calves.
- Pruning trees helps to correct the shape, strengthen the branches and stimulate new growth on trees.
- Pruned trees are kept at optimal grazing height.
- Sturdy pruned branches are resistant to grazing damage.
Estimates on food tonnage per tree ~
- You can chip your pruned branches within the first few months, and quadruple your feed in comparison to when animals graze directly off the trees.
- 4-year-old trees will give a minimum of 50 kg of wet chipped fodder per annum.
- One staff member can prune close to 450 kg of wet material per day.
- 1 hectare of 4-year-old trees with a minimum of 2000 trees (see planting calculations) can deliver in excess of 100 tonnes of wet material per annum if your trees are consistent in size.
- When you allow your animals to graze directly off the trees, you will average in a region of 30 tonnes of wet material per hectare/ per annum.
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