An erect, annual legume used for sheep grazing, hay or silage production, providing high-quality feed from late winter to early summer. Reasonably new to New Zealand. Grows to 50 cm and has flattish looking white to light pink flowers at the top of its stem. If the flowers and seed heads are consumed by stock seed setting can be a problem under grazing. Most cultivars are soft-seeded, meaning seeds can germinate over the summer, which is not ideal for the regeneration of the pasture. Requires P and K fertiliser to encourage early root development and seedling vigour.
Palatable with high soluble carbohydrate and high protein content
Appetising and nutritious forage during winter, spring & summer
Recovers well from grazing if not wanting for seed production
High nutritive value.
High DM production in spring
Is a self-seeding annual
Grows when rainfall is below 500 mm
Tolerant of wet soils, frost and cold but slow-growing at low temperatures
Thrives in a wide range of soils where other clovers struggle,
Very tolerant of poorly drained waterlogged soils
PH 6 or above
No estrogen risks