Grasslands Kaituna lucerne is a New Zealand developed lucerne, selected for improved resistance to the range of pests and diseases in our environment. Kaituna Lucerne is ideal for grazing and mixed regimes and is persistent under grazing and hay/silage production. Kaituna Lucerne is highly productive in spring and summer, with later autumn and earlier spring growth than Wairau.
"Lucerne is a major plus as it enables us to grow reliable high quality supplementary feed” says Mike O’Brien. Mike and brother Frank, and their respective wives Christine and Bronwyn, farm Westend Station at Lake Monowai, south of Manapouri. Lucerne was first planted on 22 ha five years ago and later extended. Lucerne’s long taproot is able to access what moisture is available, providing high quality feed over summer and autumn when it is most needed.