Pasture plant persistence
A new cultivar developed by the Forage Improvement group is challenging the perception that red clover is a short-lived pasture plant.
The Grasslands Relish cultivar has been developed over the course of 10 years. It has been shown in trials to outperform many others that are currently available, with 60% greater persistency than the second-best contender.
In the past, red clover has been little used by farmers as it tends to be grazed out within two or three years. However it is highly nutritious and palatable to stock, so Grasslands Relish will mean new options are available to farmers. Red clover can offer support for higher-yielding ryegrass pastures and survives well in dry conditions. It has also demonstrated a high level of resistance to pasture diseases.
The cultivar is being multiplied for seed and is expected to be available to farmers within the next two to three years.