Alternative legume foraging material - Sainfoin:
Alternative legume forage in the form of Sainfoin has been the subject of a recent study at the School of Sustainable Food and Farming, specifically looking into how external environments such as soil and water availability can influence the establishment and performance of Sainfoin.
Sainfoin has been shown to provide many benefits in reducing environmental impacts of farming, including better soil fertility, pollinator resources, and reduction of bloating and methane emission in livestock. However, so far there is little research into how Sainfoin would perform in different conditions across the UK, as it is traditionally grown in alkaline soils.
The interim report - an assessment of previous research - is available here, with the final research findings and report due to be published later this year.