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.

Chipped lucerne trees for milk cows

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We hand-milk our jersey milk cow for our homestead dairy milk.  IMG-20160730-WA0008

Because my daughter and I are “hands-on” preparing the cow’s food for her milking session, we have monitored that when we give her chipped lucerne tree feed mixed with some crushed mealies and a scoop of molasses, her milk production increases. IMG-20160730-WA0012

Chipped lucerne trees provide excellent protein and fibre. IMG-20160730-WA0011

We mostly give her fresh, wet chipped food,which smells delicious — almost like candyfloss!

Sometimes the chipped food ferments in the bags, providing nutrient-rich, fermented kuilvoer or silage.

We also lay out the chippings on a tarpaulin to dry and store.  This method allows us to store chipped lucerne tree food in bags for the weeks when we are not pruning or chipping fresh lucerne tree branches.

At night, when we bring our cow in to the milk shed, we give her a generous helping of chipped food to supplement her grazing. We have the loveliest, rich, creamy milk which I use to make our butter, yoghurt, cream cheese and feta cheese.IMG-20160730-WA0010

Lucerne trees are an essential part of our homesteading.  They form the basis of our year-round food.

Have you ordered your seeds for this spring season?

 

Chipped lucerne trees is added value!

We regularly chip our lucerne trees for exceptional fibre-rich, nutritious year-round food!

Chipped lucerne treesPlease pop over to our new page Chipped Food for all our lucerne tree chipping information:

Read more on ~

  • How to chip
  • What chipper we use
  • How to store your chipped food
  • Recipe for chipped feed mix for finishing or animals in milk
  • Advantages of chipping lucerne trees
  • Tonnage food per tree pruned and chipped

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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!

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!

After Grazing

After Grazing

We shared how our 100 ewes enjoyed 4 days on the half hectare of 8-month-old lucerne trees.

This is the “Before” ~

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And here is the “After” ~

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In just 50 days, these bare branches will be full of soft, fresh new leaves and ready for grazing!

These trees bounce back!

It is truly a fabulous year-round food!

Happy Farming!