Fodder

Alfalfa is a leguminous plant with clover-like leaves and bluish flowers, native to SW Asia and widely grown for fodder. It is also called Lucerne.

Our animal feed is produced at the highest standard of quality, with a particular attention to its composition and form so that the livestock accepts it very well. We provide fodder all year round, for both lambs and cattle. We have a production capacity of around 35,000 tones of alfalfa per year.

The animal feed we produce has no additives or any other types of unhealthy components that could negatively impact the well being of our lambs and cattle. We are very careful when it comes to the cattle and sheep nutrition, with a precise production process from beginning to end. Therefore our system does not make use of the traditional silos in order to deposit the sheep and cattle feed. The process of preserving the crops by fermentation in silos used by small farmers is prone to a much higher degree of risks compared to the level of control a large manufacturer of green forages like us has. The additives designed to influence the extent and pattern of the fermentation are relatively unpopular in most countries, and their use is not guaranteed to remove the risk of undesirable components in silage.

The hazards to both lambs and cattle health associated with silage fall into three categories: (1) undesirable micro-organisms e.g. Listeria, enterobacteria, clostridia and moulds; (2) undesirable chemicals, e.g. mycotoxins, and (3) excess acidity and other metabolic disorders. Mycotoxins and phytoestrogens may survive the ensiling period and constitute risks to animal health. Relatively little is known about the epidemiology of diseases that may be linked to undesirable chemicals and excess acidity in silage. In some regions of Europe the production of livestock feed in silage is discouraged or prohibited because of the risk of undesirable microbes.

The raw materials for both the lamb feed and the cattle feed are produced on well irrigated areas across the country. The specialisation in agricultural crops is an important activity for the industrial process for the following reasons:

• Quality of raw material – the raw alfalfa/Lucerne and other green grass have a high impact on the final quality of the green forages processed in the factory, through their elemental composition, energy and protein values. The compound feed is therefore guaranteed to have the highest level of quality.

• Quantity and supply safety – our experience in Romania proves that farmers do not or cannot successfully make farming associations. For this reason, supplying the necessary raw materials for the production of Lucerne is not efficient. The quality of the raw materials bought from different farmers is unfortunately not always standardised or cannot be cultivated due to the lack of irrigation systems.

The main reasons for processing alfalfa’s pellets or bales for livestock feed are:

• A higher protein percentage in the total dry fodder;
• An excellent elemental composition such as: minerals (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium), vitamins C, D, E and K;
• A great balance between crude fibres, FDN, sugars & energy that can be easily metabolised.

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