Video ~ Cows grazing lucerne trees

Here are our Black Angus cattle thoroughly enjoying their lucerne trees, with its nutritious food grazed directly off the trees.

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Cow and calf enjoy lucerne trees

20160303_140203Our cows and calves have been grazing in our lucerne tree camps for several weeks are still enjoying good food!

Pruned trees bounce back!

20150504_140623We cannot over-emphasize the importance of pruning!

  • Prune your trees to promote

    bushy, dense foliage.  Side branches and more leaves will grow on off the main branches and stem.

  • Branches will become thicker and will not break easily if your animals graze directly off the trees.
  • Prune your trees to maintain optimal grazing height = 1m to 1.5m tall trees with loads of nutrient-dense leaves.
  • Animals will not be able to eat every leaf off a pruned tree.  Densely leafed trees will always have central leaves as their “solar panels” to provide food for the tree even after they have been grazed.  This will prevent grazed trees going into ‘shock’ and they will recover quicker.
  • Prune your young trees, even while in their potting bags to promote side buds.  Simply nip off the top growing tips of your 30cm sapling.  You do not want to grow a thin, tall, spindly tree.  You want to encourage bushy growth from the start.
  • Prune with sharp, clean shearers.  Cut your branches off with clean, slightly angled slice.
  • Of course you must use your clippingsFeed to your animals chipped, or on whole branches or simply slide your fingers down tougher branches, removing the leaves into feed troughs.  These clippings will also make excellent compost or mulch as they are packed with nitrogen!

Spring has sprung!  Order your seeds and trees now!

Fresh Green Chicken Food

Chickens love eating fresh lucerne tree leaves!    With 14% protein levels, lucerne tree cuttings provide outstanding food for ‘free’!

I simply prune a few branches off the trees that form an effective wind break around my chicken yard, and the chickens devour every. single. leaf!  (You’ll notice the bare branches from the previous day.)

A simple daily routine with wonderful results – healthy chickens, bright orange-yellow egg yolks and easy homesteading!

Grazing Directly Off Lucerne Trees

Grazing Directly Off Lucerne Trees

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2-year Angus bull browsing directly off the lucerne trees.
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Our pruned lucerne trees are sturdy and bushy – perfect for cattle to feed directly off the tree.

 

We have pruned our lucerne trees, chipping the cut branches and establishing good, sturdy, bush-like trees.  After more than 2 years, the grasses growing between the rows of trees are really prolific.  The trees’ nitrogen-fixing roots fertilize the soils and promote good grass growth.

This is great grazing year-round!

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Spring is just around the bend!  It’s time to plan and prepare your new food-producing lands!

Happy Farming!

10 month old Lucerne trees

These trees which were established in January are showing excellent growth at 10 months!

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They have not yet been grazed, but have been pruned twice to maintain 1m height and encourage lateral growth.  Pruning encourages the tree to bush and prevents the tree from growing too tall and spindly for your livestock to utilize.

Happy Farming!