White clover is critical for feed 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.
Kotuku has consistently shown fast establishment. As well as helping it compete with faster establishing ryegrass, this can assist with broadleaf herbicide applications. It’s best to use herbicides on smaller weeds, but new clovers need to have 3-4 trifoliate leaves before spraying, so the faster young plants reach this stage, the smaller weeds will be, and the better your control.
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.
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 and dry stock finishing systems.