Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is a herbaceous plant belonging to the legume or bean family that is commonly used in the production of animal feed. This bean is able to synthesize atmospheric nitrogen and provide a great wealth of high-quality fibre and protein. As a result, it has long been highly valued by agriculturists and farmers, who use it to feed their livestock, particularly ruminants. It has become an almost indispensable element of many animals diet.
Nutritional Value of AlfalfaAlfalfa is an excellent fodder plants that contains high levels of quality proteins, minerals and vitamins. Its energy value is also extremely high, as it is correlated to the nitrogenised content of the fodder. Moreover, it is a sources of minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sulphur, etc. The high levels of beta-carotenes (precursors of Vitamin A) affect bovine reproduction. At Industrias Ralda, we provide dehydrated alfalfa and alfalfa hay in a range of formats to feed all types of livestock.
Properties1. It retains all the carotenes, vitamins and properties of the alfalfa hay. 2. It maintains all the protein and fibre. 3. It has the same colour as the original plant. 4. It has great nutritional value. 5. It is appealing and easily digestible for the animal. 6. It is ideal for all types of livestock, particularly high-producing dairy cows.
DEHYDRATED ALFALFAThis is alfalfa that has been chopped and dried (by hot air). As the alfalfa is dried in a trommel, the leaf crumbles slightly and, depending on the corresponding cut, it ends up fairly fine (like flour). Subsequently, in the pressing process to make the bales, the leaves tend to move to the outer part of the bale, in the form of flour.
At Industrias Ralda, we offer our customers this product in the following formats:
- In rectangular bales of 200-300 kg.
- In pellets of 6-8 mm.
|Gross energy||4.22Mcal/kg M. dry|
|Digestible energy(R)||3.4 Mcal/kg M.dry|
|Metabolizable energy(R)||2.9 Mcal/kg M.dry|
|FU* ruminants||95 Mcal /kg M. dry|
|FU* pigs||62 Mcal/kg M.dry|
|TDN* ruminants||67 Mcal/kg M. dry|
|TDN* pigs||66 Mcal/kg M.dry|
Percentage of use for different animals
|Cats and dogs||2-12%|
Energy contribution for different animals
|Metabolizable energy||2.638 kcal/kg.|
|Net Energy||1.808 kcal/kg.|
|Digestible energy||3.080 kcal/kg.|
|Digestible energy||3.139 kcal/kg.|
|Metabolizable energy||3.160 kcal/kg.|
|Digestible energy||3.213 kcal/kg.|