White clover’s strong creeping stem makes it more tolerant of grazing and enables the plant to store energy and protein over winter and into spring. It is also able to fix nitrogen, reducing the requirement and cost of fertiliser applications.
Mixing white clover seed and grass
The Germinal white clover blends, bred at Germinal Horizon Aberystwyth, are leading the way in producing higher yields and lasting longer. For example, newer varieties are achieving optimum targets of a 30-35% contribution to total sward dry matter under a range of management systems.
White clover is best grown as a companion to perennial ryegrass, the variety dependent on the sward’s primary use. Aber HSG mixtures are offered with clover as standard. In addition, clover blends are available to suit a particular farming system or requirement.
The larger varieties of AberDairy are better suited to grazing cattle.
Benefits of AberClover blends
- Increased output of milk and meat from forage
- Improved soil structure and grazing quality
- Balanced grass and white clover sward
- Suitable for a wide range of soil types and management systems
|11||AberHerald (medium leaf)|
|11||Liflex (medium leaf)|
|45||AberSwan (medium-large leaf)|
|33||AberDai (medium leaf)|
White clover seed mixture
Please ask one of our experts if you want to learn more about our AberDairy white clover seed mixture.
|Sowing rate||2.5 kg/ha (1.0 kg/acre)|
|Sowing time||March/April or August/mid-September|
|Sowing depth||15 mm (1/2 inch) or broadcast|
|Sowing instructions||Drill into a fine tilth
Moist and warm soil conditions (minimum 5˚C)
Roll before and after drilling for good soil-to-seed contact
|Additional comments||Where overseeding, increase seed rate to a minimum of 3.7 kg/ha (1.5 kg/acre)|