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Sainfoin, a sustainable crop?

01 July 2024

As more farmers move toward more eco-friendly, regenerative and sustainable farming practices, the 'forgotten forage' that is sainfoin, is starting to see a resurgence. Here are just a few reasons why...

Perfect for pollinators... Having an extended flowering period, typically around 60 days, it's a valuable resource for bees, butterflies and invertebrates. It is also believed to produce more honey than any other legume. 

Long leys... Sanfoin leys typically last for four years or more. This allows for the plant to develop deeper roots, fixing more nitrogen and improving soil structure. These deeper roots take up more nutrients, enabling the plant to produce vitamins and condensed tannins - which in turn are passed to the horse.

Not just for horses... Sheep and cattle also do well on a diet of sainfoin. With our Simple System sainfoin, sheep graze 'the aftermath' which is the growth later in the season that is not harvested. Not only is this good for feeding the sheep, it means the growth in the spring is fresh for our horses, it's more environmentally friendly than using sprays and it supports sustainable farming.

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A comprehensive forage balancer with calming support, specifically developed to help settle reactive, tense or spooky horses.

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A nutritious blend of easily digested forages, grown together, to increase variety in the diet.

£21.50

Sainfoin compressed into 1kg blocks, rich in natural minerals & trace elements. Feed whole & dry to mimic grazing.

£3.00
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A premium forage alternative to lucerne & grass. High in fibre, low in calories and rich in natural minerals & trace elements.

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Premium forage alternative to lucerne and grass, rich in natural minerals and trace elements.

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A comprehensive forage balancer with natural joint care. Designed to support older or harder working horses, aiding comfort, flexibility and range of motion.

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