Legumes and animal health
Legumes provide high-energy, highly digestible feed for stock, which is great for both meat and milk production. But too much legume content can present its own problems, like bloat and red-gut. Conditions like these are important to consider, particularly in legume-dominant pastures. In many dryland low-rainfall pastures, however, too little legume is more likely to be a problem. More of it, if it’s below 30%, will likely have benefits. Where there is more legume, up-to-date vaccination and monitoring stock are always appropriate precautions.