The recent intensification in European forage production has raised environmental and sustainability questions also with respect to resource efficiency and biodiversity.
The actual high prices for protein rich concentrates and for mineral-N fertilizers led to increased interest in legumes as a natural source of nitrogen and protein in forage production. But forage legumes such as white and red clover or alfalfa can offer even more, they provide tasty, calcium and magnesium-rich, highly digestible forage which, due to its high passage rate, leads to a high feed intake. Red clover and alfalfa are deep-rooting and therefore very tolerant of drought. By being self-sufficient with nitrogen and supplying large quantities of soil carbon forming crop residues, grass-clover is considered as a climate-friendly forage source that can reduce the carbon footprint of milk production on farm. In this webinar Ralf shows the potential of clovers in both arable forage production and permanent grassland in Northern Germany and where there are challenges and limitations?
Ralf Loges from CAU Kiel reports on his experiences, especially in the practical implementation, and givesimpulses in what way and in what form legumes are interesting for your farm.
The recording of the webinar of 23 of February about Legume based froage production can be found here.
The presentation is online here.