Alfalfa nutritive value when harvested at different maturity stages, what should we expect?

Francisco E. Contreras Govea

Alfalfa, either for silage or hay, is the primary legume forage for diet formulation of lactating dairy cows in the United States. It is well documented that alfalfa nutritive value decline as maturity stage change from bud to flowering, finding that 10% blooming as the optimal time for harvesting, because of the intersection between nutritive value and forage yield (Orloff and Putnam, 2008).

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