Morrow

Red Clover

Morrow multi-stemmed (MS) red clover’s high stem number gives improved grazing tolerance, with a deep tap root delivering high summer-autumn yield.

Breeding

Morrow comes from a tough family. Most red clovers wouldn’t last long under intensive rotational dairy grazing on light, upper North Island soils. But Morrow’s parents did. Over time, they adapted, survived, and produced well, even after repeated droughts.


We took plants from these old pastures, bred and selected the best of them for high yield, persistence and flowering to create a game-changing, multi-stemmed red clover for improved production and persistence under grazing.

 

Longevity

Red clover’s biggest drawback has always been limited persistence under grazing. Morrow’s improved grazing tolerance – helped by its high stem count and semi-prostrate form - means it will keep boosting production year on year. Like all red clovers Morrow will persist best on free-draining soils under a longer summer grazing round.

 

Yield + quality when it counts

High ME and high DM together create ideal late spring and summer finishing feed, giving high quality as grass ME drops off, and driving rapid liveweight gains for lambs and cattle.

 

 

CRW tolerance

Clover root weevil remains a pest of white clover throughout NZ, particularly in Northland where the biocontrol wasp hasn’t established. Red clover is tolerant of clover root weevil, providing pasture species diversity and extra legume content.

 

Free N

Red clover fixes its own nitrogen, adding it naturally to pastures in a slow, continual way. This will be ever more important to provide N on farm, as fertiliser comes under increasing environmental scrutiny. Morrow can fix over 200 kgN/ha based on its yield (about 25 kg/N per t DM grown).

 

Phyto-oestrogen levels

Morrow has medium oestrogen levels. This means care needs to be taken to avoid grazing when mating ewes or hoggets, 3-6 weeks either side of mating.

 

Suggested seed mix

 

Red Clover

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is a tap rooted legume with high feed value. It has good summer growth and drought tolerance, but little winter growth.

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is a tap rooted legume with high feed value. It has good summer growth and drought tolerance, but little winter growth.

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is a tap rooted legume with high feed value. It has good summer growth and drought tolerance, but little winter growth.

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