17 November 2021
What’s happening in the First Creek Wetland’s ‘settlement’ pond?An alga has been growing there that hasn’t been recorded in Adelaide for many years.
Date posted: 22 February 2016
With the weather being warm and sunny recently, our resident farmer suggested it was time to cut and bale our City Crop lucerne to make high quality hay – the perfect snack for hungry dairy cows!
Lucerne hay is valuable because it provides farmers with a food source that can be easily stored and transported throughout Australia… and internationally for that matter.
With high levels of protein; fibre; minerals such as calcium potassium, sulphur, manganese and zinc; and vitamins such as beta-carotene, lucerne hay is extremely nutritious. In fact it has been estimated that a diet of at least 50% lucerne can help dairy cows produce up to 10,000 litres of milk per year!
There’s a science to making hay. First, farmers must choose the right variety to suit their environment. They then manage its growth to ensure the plant is as healthy as possible. There’s seven easy steps when it’s time for a farmer to make hay:
Overall, about 7,500 lucerne growers throughout Australia grow around 200,000 hectares of lucerne annually for hay, producing about one-million tonnes of hay. It's a rewarding task and is all part of the process of getting the milk to your glass.