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Extension circular 173 discusses alfalfa and sweetclover silage. Alfalfa and sweetclover are of special value as a livestock feed because of their protein and vitamin A content. When these crops are made into hay they often lose much of their value due to unfavorable curing conditions, and the loss of leaves which contains 75 percent or more of the protein and vitamin A. Second year sweetclover used as hay often causes bleeding disease in cattle unless handled very carefully to prevent spoilage. When used as silage this danger is apparently eliminated.