The realisation that Lucerne offers such high protein content, good drought tolerance and is relatively long lived, has prompted a revival of interest on this very underrated crop. Lucerne can be baled for hay or made into big bale silage and its potential will be in the order of 14-15 tonnes of DM/ha/year. The crop can provide excellent yields for three full years (following a Summer sowing). Lucerne as a high protein forage with long fiber is an excellent feed to compliment low protein, low fibre feeds such as fodder beet and maize silage.
Marshall has now been grown successfully in the Ireland for a number of years. Its high DM yields, disease resistance to stem Eelworm and Verticillium wilt makes the variety ideally suited to Irish conditions.