Red clover is a tap rooted short lived (2-5 years) perennial clover that has high feed value & nutritional qualities ideal for moderate stocking rates, long summer grazing rotations & making hay for finishing lambs, cattle or milking cows. With good drought tolerance, Red Clover can boost late spring and summer growth as well as feed quality. It is suited to free draining soils in rainfall areas above 600mm per annum.
KEY BENEFITS OF RED CLOVER
- Perennial Clover
- High feed value
- Ideal for moderate stocking rates, long summer grazing rotations & making hay
- Good drought tolerance
- Late spring and summer growth
TOP RED CLOVER CHOICES
Reaper Red Clover is a high yielding, large leafed, semi-erect growing diploid red clover which is suitable for grazing and for hay and silage.
Reaper is a very palatable variety, with fine stems which are less stalky than traditional red clovers and is low in oestrogen levels. It has good disease resistance and strong persistence.
Amigain is the latest generation red clover bred for increased persistence and performance in permanent pastures, high performance short-term pastures, silage mixes and pure sward red clover stands. In a pasture mixture, Amigain provides spring, summer and autumn productivity ideal for increased animal performance, enhancing pasture management and fixing nitrogen.
A general-purpose spring producer mainly suited to hay production, USA Red has high oestrogen levels and persists only for 1–2 years. Demonstrating an upright growth habit, it is broadly adaptable to most conditions as an annual clover, though generally requires highly fertile deep soils.
SELECTING A RED CLOVER
Oestrogen level: Oestrogen can adversely affect performance of breeding stock. (Red clover oestrogen is used in the pharmaceutical trade.)
Maturity: Earlier types usually provide earlier feed in the spring.
Ploidy: Tetraploid types tend to have larger leaves than diploid types
Seasonal growth: Select high productivity to match livestock demand – especially winter growth. See local trial data if available.
Stoloniferous habit: May assist spread and increase persistence.