One hundred years ago, sainfoin, loosely translated from French as 'Healthy Hay', was grown in one in seven fields in the Cotswolds for hay, forage and soil improvement. Sainfoin is protein rich with good nutritional balance. It’s extremely palatable to livestock and has very good nutritional balance as well having anthelmintic properties.
In recent decades it fell out of favour as farmers switched to rye-grass/clover dominated swards. It is now making a welcome comeback in our meadows. Our high pH of 7.8 and free-draining, brashy soil is perfectly suited to this forgotten forage.
We take seed from our sainfoin plot and mob graze.