Dec 20 2012
What is Alfalfa Hay Used For?
Queen of the Forages
For centuries, alfalfa hay has been used as forage for livestock. Why? Because it’s “queen of the forages.” In other words, it’s pretty darn useful. In the Arabic language, “alfalfa” actually means “best fodder.” that tells you something right ther.
As just a quick history lesson, the US met alfalfa hay for the first ime during the Gold Rush in California. It was brought over from South America. It soon spread east and became widely used across the country. Interestingly enough, alfalfa hay is the fourth most widely grown crop in the US just behind corn, soybeans, and wheat.
If you own horses or cattle, you know how important alfalfa hay is to the health and well being of those animals. It contains around 15 – 22% crude protein and huge variety of vitamin and minerals, including A, D, Calcium, Sodium, and Iron. It can be fed as baled hay, chopped hay, pellets, or even cubes.
Here are a few more dietary facts about alfalfa hay:
- It’s a great natural laxative.
- It reduces excess water retention.
- It’s well known as a blood and liver purifier.
- It stimulates the immune system.
- It eases join problems.