A deep rooted forage herb
Tonic was bred by Dr Alan Stewart from the Ceres Research station in New Zealand where it has shown persistence under a range of conditions in beef, sheep and dairy systems and is reported to have similar yield to ryegrass based pastures.
Being deep rooted Tonic plantain is known to have higher levels of calcium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, cobalt, copper and phosphorus and laboratory testing suggest that plantain species have some anthelmintic properties.
Attributes of Tonic plantain are:
- High level of winter spring and early summer production
- Deep rooted perennial plant with broad leafy ribbed leaves growing from a central crown
- Tonic plantain has high quality forage with increased levels of minerals offering a balanced diet and providing some anthelmintic properties
Tonic can provide an excellent addition to both dryland and irrigated pastures in the south western areas of WA, and with its very upright growth habit and high palatability is well accepted by all classes of grazing stock. Tonic can be sown as a monoculture however is best sown with ryegrasses and legumes therefore offering a wider choice of forage options than traditional pastures.
Tonic performs well in a wide range of soil types where good soil nutrition is maintained, however it is not tolerant of waterlogged soils. Where plantain species are sown as sole species or become a dominant component of a pasture swarth they may cause milk taint in dairy cows where grazed for extended periods.
To achieve optimum production plantain species should be rotationally grazed
Recommended sowing rates:
Monoculture 6 to 10 kgs/ha;
Mixed 3 to 4 kgs/ha.
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