Have you ever driven along the road and noticed how healthy and shiny some cattle are, and on the other hand how under conditioned and dull some look? You can be pretty sure the farmers weren’t up at dawn shampooing and conditioning them all with some expensive stuff from the store. It is usually a result of the pasture they are on and to be more precise, whether or not the pasture has been improved in some way.
To be catagorised as prime lucerne hay, among other things, a bale should contain >90% lucerne. Cheaper lines of hay are often so because they contain 10% or more of plants other than lucerne.
The purpose of this article is to give a brief overview of what some of these plants are likely to be. Lucerne, being a perennial plant, generally lasts for 3-5 years after planting. During that time it is not uncommon for plants other than lucerne to appear in a lucerne paddock.