White clover is critical for nutritive value and N fixation in pastures. It is also an important source of protein and ME for milking and growing stock, particularly in summer. Kotuku shows excellent seasonal growth, and outperforms all other trialled cultivars over the critical summer period.
This mixed sward trial included one entry without clover (no clover). The effect of clover on N fixation and yield is seen in the trial, with Kotuku showing particularly good yield due to its compatibility with ryegrass.
Kotuku has demonstrated robust persistence for a large leaved cultivar, and has a medium stolon density. This makes it well-suited to driving summer production in dairying.
Kotuku has consistently shown fast establishment. This can assist with broadleaf herbicide applications, where new clovers need to be at the 3-4 trifoliate leaf stage.
Oversowing existing pastures with clover can be a good way to increase clover content of pastures. Kotuku is ideal for oversowing due to its very fast establishment speed, competing better with existing pasture.