Annual soft seeded high feed value clover for Hay
Persian clover is a tall upright self regenerating annual legume which can produce excellent forage and hay and is suited to the 450mm plus rainfall zones. Regrowth after grazing is excellent and it has as high a nutritive value as pasture or hay.
The soft seeded Persian clover is a mid to late season flowering option selected for its early seedling vigour and its ability to provide large quantities of high quality forage over the late winter spring periods.
Unlike the hard seeded early flowering types the soft seeded annual Persian clover will provide very good production into the mid to late spring periods and will add excellent value to either silage or hay.
Persian clover can be grown on a wide range of soil types, has some tolerance to water logging and 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 to equal to Lucerne and generally higher dry matter digestibility than other legumes tested. 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.
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 3 to 4 kgs/ha.