“MIRACLE HEALING PASTURE”
Barry Watson Agriculture and Estate ManagementPasture choices for any species of animal is one of the more hotly debated topics in agriculture. Some say Kikuyu, with a winter grass under-sown, is the ideal whilst others believe Kikuyu causes an imbalance of certain minerals in the animal’s body… especially in the pregnant mare.
Short of getting into a debate on what, where, why and under what conditions; we have found a pasture mix, from days of old Europe, which has massive potential as a pasture, especially for those sick, lame and lazy cases. It is a mix of Sainfoin and Sheeps Burnett.
The name Sainfoin is derived from Old French, sain foin (“healthy hay”). This plant species is a legume, therefore it fixes nitrogen and when correctly inoculated has a low fertilizer requirement.
Sheeps Burnett on the other hand, is a deep-rooting herb retaining green foliage into the winter and is highly digestible and has a low tannin content.
This pasture mix has been extensively trialed against Lucerne and the upside is that it generally stays green through winter. That is the theory anyhow, so we are still trialing the mix here at Summerhill. Farmers of old called this mix the “miracle healing pasture” as it somehow speeds up the recovery period in ill animals.
Time will tell…