However, industries other than agriculture are also making use of alfalfa in non-traditional industries. Apart from cattle feeding, this agricultural product can also be fed to a variety of domesticated animals, to add high-quality protein to animal diets, as well as being a source of highly digestible fibre.
Alfalfa not only helps keep animals healthy but also has been proven to increase the amount of milk they produce.
Please note: horse owners should be aware of a risk of laminitis with this rich animal foodstuff and seek veterinary advice on achieving a suitably balanced diet where animals have a history of dietary sensitivity.
Another lesser-known benefit of alfalfa hay is that it offers ‘bioremediation’ of soils that suffer from high levels of nitrogen; alfalfa hay can absorb excesses produced by e.g. oil field wastewater (OFW), making it a cost-effective environmental pollution mitigation resource for oil-producing countries.
Additional environmental benefits of alfalfa include the increasing use of its stems as a sustainable biofuel for alternative energy production in agricultural regions of Central Asia looking for alternative energy sources and diversification from oil.