- Is a perennial species resembling lucerne in its use and management
- Long tap root giving significantly high root biomass in comparison to other legumes
- Winter hardy crop that is great for hay and silage
- Tolerant of adverse soil conditions such as waterlogging and low ph compared with other legumes but stills performs well in higher ph soils
- Drought and saline tolerant
- Is a preferred feed for all livestock classes and is non bloating providing good forage value with high condensed tannins
- Excellent erosion and weed control
The high meat and milk production benefits of Lotus have been well known and documented for sheep and beef particularly in tough and challenging growing conditions, including high country situations.
Recent experiments demonstrated that Friesian cows grazing Lotus-dominant pastures produced more milk and had a higher milk protein concentration than cows grazing either perennial ryegrass or white clover-dominant pastures. The increase in milk production using Lotus compared with white clover was due to the action of condensed tannins (CT) which are present in Lotus.
The effects of Lotus on milk protein and milk fat concentrations comply with goals for milk composition set by the New Zealand Dairy Board.
Lotus is tolerant of dry summers and is well adapted to rotational grazing.
Lotus is quickly becoming a must have in any specialised or diverse pasture sward.