White & Red Clover

White Clover
Locally White Clover is known to only persist under irrigated and high rainfall (+700mm) conditions.  Some smaller leafed varieties have lasted for 2-3 years if conditions are White Clover imagefavourable but generally irrigated areas are the best fit for White Clover.  White Clover is slow to establish from seed and this trait has been a problem in recent years as the new ryegrass varieties tend to out compete the clover and poor clover content results.  It is vital to graze the pasture early to allow light into the crop to ensure your clover can compete and thrive. Seeds per kilogram can range significantly between coated and bare seed and this can be a factor with inadequate White Clover population within a pasture.

Variety Sowing Rate
(KG/HA)
Leaf Size Attributes

Nomad

2 – 5 Small/Medium Suited to drier regions, high seed yield for natural re-seeding, strong autumn stolon recovery, persistent under hard grazing.

Vic Irrigation

2 – 5 Small Persistent under heavy grazing. Is arguably the best option for dryland conditions as it is small leaved, which holds with persistence

in summer.

Storm

2 – 5 Medium Very persistent under dry conditions, prolific forage producer, works well in combination with larger leafed varieties.

Mink

2 – 5 Medium Direct selection from Irrigation white clover and thrives under summer irrigated conditions, tolerates higher PH and waterlogging

Bounty

2 – 5 Medium Very high yielding, ideal inclusion into pasture mixes, suitable for all soil types, irrigation required.

Haifa

2 – 5 Medium/Large Well suited to most soil types, excellent seedling vigor, benchmark for production and persistence in local area. Good winter production.

Weka

2 – 5 Medium/Large Strong spreading habit and high stolon density, excellent tolerance to root weevil, high yielding, suitable for all grazing systems.

Tribute

2 – 5 Medium/Large Bred for its drought tolerance and winter activity, very persistent under hard grazing, superior stolon density to leaf size ratio.

Kopu 2

2 – 5 Large Good winter production, good stolon density, reliable overall production.

 

Red Clover
Red Clover can be used in irrigated pasture mixes to boost summer production.  Locally it has been difficult to maintain necessary levels of persistence. Strict rotational grazing practices should be followed if Red Clover is to be included in your pasture mix.  Including a small amount of red clover in specialist irrigated summer crop mixes works well as red clovers thrive in these conditions.

Variety Sowing Rate
(KG/HA)
Attributes

Rubitas Red

5 – 10 Stoloniferous variety suited to grazing. Drought and cold tolerant. Once established can handle persistent close grazing by sheep.

USA Red

5 – 10 A general purpose spring producer mainly suited to hay production.