Lucerne is the world’s most widely grown forage crop for ruminants. In recent years there has been a resurgence in the growing of Lucerne as farmers strive to produce more home grown protein. The impressive performance of Lucerne in the hot dry season of 2018 has further stimulated interest. Lucerne thrives on free draining, high pH soils, especially in drier areas of the UK. The option within CAP reform to grow legumes as a form of Environmental Focus Area has also boosted interest. The benefits of Lucerne are listed below. Lucerne is not suited to all farms, it is relatively slow to establish and needs specific field management and careful ensiling, so some of its drawbacks are also listed in the Growers Guidelines.