The alfalfa (also called lucerne) comes from ancient Persia (modern-day Iran) where it was used to feed horses. Pliny the Elder explains that it was introduced in Greece around 490 BC, during the First Medic War and that it was commonly grown to feed it to the horses.

As a direct result of the BSE (mad cow disease) crisis, the use of animal meal in the manufacturing of agricultural foodstuff for all sorts of ruminants was banned. This brought to light the importance of vegetal proteins in animal feeding.

The replacement of animal meal for vegetal protein has seen a major increase in the production of raw vegetable material, something that will prove beneficial for the health of both animals and humans. Needless to say, among these vegetable raw materials alfalfa is by far the best one.

There is a lot of interesting bibliography about the alfalfa, about how it is grown, its quality and how to harvest it. Said bibliography proves that the alfalfa contains a lot of minerals, which happen to be more concentrated during the flower bud and about the 10% of its blooming. It’s also a major source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron and sulphur.

For us, the activity of Grupo Diarte has been of particular interest, since they control all the alfalfa processing, from the very choosing of the variety, its sowing, watering, harvesting and recollection, to its correct transformation ensuring that the customer’s guidelines are always met and that the strictest quality control parameters are always fulfilled.

Their alfalfa also has more than double the amount of of vegetal proteins than the one produced by their competitors (up to 22% more).

A simple plant for sure, but with great qualities.


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