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New Red Clover Offers High Yields and Protein

Magellan tetraploid red clover has been added to this year’s Recommended List of Grass and Clovers. It significantly outperforms other red clovers, particularly in terms of yield, ground cover and protein content.

The variety has been bred by LS Plant Breeding and is marketed in the UK by DLF Trifolium, and will be included in mixtures from 2015.

Magellan red clover produces 2.5t DM more than the control varieties in the new Recommended Grass and Clover Lists in its second year.

Magellan red clover produces 2.5t DM more than the control varieties in the new Recommended Grass and Clover Lists in its second year.

Red clover is grown for high protein silage production, either as a monoculture, or more usually sown with companion Italian, hybrid or perennial ryegrasses. As a legume it can fix between 200–300kg N/ha per year, reducing the nitrogen requirement.

“The aim when breeding new red clovers is to increase yield and lifespan to make it more persistent,” explains Tim Kerridge agricultural sales director for DLF-Trifolium.

“Magellan far out-yields every other variety on the list for total yield in the second harvest year, producing an extra 2.5t of dry matter over the varieties used as controls. Its animal production potential is phenomenal, particularly considering its protein content at first cut is a high 18%.

“It also has a very good ground cover score which it maintains into the second year. Farmers are keen to extend the life of their legume cutting leys to three or four years or more, so Magellan is just the sort of clover they are looking for.”

Nifty new PRG
Also recommended this year is a new intermediate diploid perennial ryegrass called Nifty, bred by DLF-Trifolium.

Heading on the 24 May, Nifty is one of the highest yielding varieties in this category and has very good mid-season traits. It excels under grazing management and offers animals high quality digestible grass throughout the grass-growing season. It covers the ground well and is particularly useful in long-term grazing leys.

DLF Trifolium

   
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