The value of lucerne trees is that they keep your animals in good condition.
As the dry, hot summer burn the veld and grasses, and as grazing becomes more limited, our camped lucerne trees are a blessing and relief.
Our Angus cattle spend the first few days eating the grasses and then move on to browse the lucerne trees. Lucerne trees provide nitrogen-fixing in the soils which enhance the grasses growth, as well as providing shade and wind protection to keep soil moisture up after rains or irrigation. While normal lucerne fields are our “food bank” where we cut, bale and store lucerne, the lucerne trees are an indispensable part of our grazing rotations. It is never too late to start planting lucerne trees!