Prostrate high feed value clover
Persian clover is a self regenerating annual legume which can produce excellent forage and hay and is suited to the 350mm plus rainfall zones. Regrowth after grazing is excellent and it has as high a nutritive value as pasture or hay.
The hard seeded variety Prolific Persian clover is an early flowering option selected on the basis of early seedling vigour and its hard seededness for Western Australian conditions. It flowers between 68 and 127 days after sowing at Perth (average 105 days). Being an early flowering type it is limited in its late season production.
Persian clover is a prostrate to semi upright winter annual type and through the winter the plants form a low rosette and in spring the stems develop rapidly. Persian clover can be grown on a wide range of soil types and has some tolerance to water logging.
Hard seeded Persian clover is well suited to rotational grazing systems sown with other annual legumes and ryegrass.
Persian clover produces very high quality forage and earlier trials conducted in Victoria showed the crude protein levels equal to Lucerne. The growth rates from weaner sheep fed on Persian clover hay was 160 grams/day compared to pasture hay at 50 grams/day and lucerne at 90 grams/day. Persian clover generally has higher dry matter digestibility than other legumes as the above results show.
Recommended sowing rates: Persian clover sowing rate is 4 to 6 kgs/ha sown as the sole clover in with ryegrass or mixed with other clovers at 2 to 3 kgs/ha.