A high protein, fast growing legume. Red clover is one of the more popular and reliable clovers. Versatile as good source of forage and soil improver.
Silage, lamb finishing, soil improver, green cover
April to August
6t DM per ha.
Plant population is the main factor that will affect persistency and productivity. Essential to sow shallowly (10-15mm) when soil temperature is above 10 degrees. It has a tap root rather than stolons like white clover and cannot repopulate itself if damaged. It consists of phyto-oestrogenic compounds which can effect ewe fertility so shouldn't be grazed 6 weeks pre and post tupping.
Protecting the crown of the clover is pivotal to its persistency and it shouldn’t be cut lower than 7cm and should be grazed sympathetically.