Hairy Vetch Blooming in Far South Field Upper Paddock
Hairy Vetch – sounds like a punk rocker, but it’s not. Vetch is a legume out in our fields which is quite high in protein and an excellent way to boost the quality of fields for both ruminants and pigs.
Vetch is a legume which means it suck nitrogen out of the air and dumps it into our soil as well as having a higher protein level in the plants. Think clovers, alfalfa, peas, beans, etc. All of these are great things to have growing in our fields. I like the ones that are perennials and self reseed – that saves me money in the long run and sets up a sustainable system.
According to some things I’ve read it can have toxicity issues but it is the typical issue of don’t over feed it. The pigs like it and thrive on fields containing some. It is one small part of the total mix of forages and seems to work well for them.
Outdoors: 75°F/48°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F
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