White clover is a valuable and versatile legume widely used in the UK. Small varieties are most persistent under grazing whilst the larger varieties are more competitive in the cutting situation. They generally persist well given correct management and colonise swards through creeping stolons. As well as fixing atmospheric nitrogen they contribute to animal performance as a quality source of protein.
Grazing, silage, hay
March to August
10t DM per ha
Clover content can be controlled through careful management. If clover content is too low grass growth should be controlled through frequent grazing and sympathetic fertiliser application. If the clover becomes too strong intensive grazing and synthetic fertiliser can be used to encourage more grass growth.
In a sward white clover can fix around 150 kg N/ha