Tonic plantain is a protein and mineral-rich forage well suited to intensive or rotational grazing systems for dairy and beef cattle, sheep and finishing lambs.
Tonic plantain seed
Tonic plantain offers good spring and autumn growth, allowing a longer productive season, and shows rapid regrowth post-grazing.
Its high protein and mineral content make it a nutritious addition to a multi-species sward alongside Aber High Sugar Grasses and clovers.
Tonic plantain grazing benefits
- Suitable for all grazing stock
- Excellent nursing crop for ewes post-lambing
- High digestibility to drive intakes and growth
- Stimulates milk production
- Outstanding protein content and D-value
- High mineral content, particularly selenium and copper
- Drought tolerant
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Sowing rate: 1 kg/acre with 12 kg grass and clover (2.5 + 35 kg/ha)
Sowing time: April to mid-August, into warm soils (>10°C)
Sowing depth: 10 mm
Sow in well drained soils. Control broad-leaved weeds before sowing. Cultivate to achieve a fine, firm seed bed. Ploughing will help level rough fields. Sow in good conditions (warm with rain forecast), no deeper than 10-15 mm. Roll well after sowing to ensure good soil/ seed contact. N, P and K fertiliser requirements are similar to that of grass. Ensure optimum soil pH, P and K indices.
- Graze when the crop reaches a height of 10-15 cm and when plants are resistant to uprooting. Generally ready for grazing 8 weeks after sowing
- Rotationally graze for best results
- Ensure short, intensive periods of grazing with adequate recovery periods
- Ideally graze to a residual of 4 cm
- In the second and subsequent years plant height must not exceed 25 cm to limit seed head development and maintain feed quality
- Ensure adequate N, P and K fertiliser is available to the plant