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What sort of clover are you after?

We stock:

  • White Clovers – The best legume for perennial pastures where moisture and medium to high fertility prevail. Winter hardy and frost tolerant. Easy to establish, produces a network of stolons and a dense cover of leaves.
  • Red Clovers – Short lived, tap roted, drought tolerant legume that provides high quality feed. Not as winter active as white clover. May live for 1-3 years in pasture swards. Some cultivars contain phyto-oestrogens that can affect animal fertility.
  • Annual Clovers – Annual legume, most suited to areas with acid soils and or dry summer conditions. Very prostrate plant that generally has better winter growth than white clover and will persist through self polination and reseeding. Commonly used in oversow situations as it is easy to establish.
  • Other Clover Types – Annual and perennial legumes.


 

White clovers

(Sowing Rates: Alone: Mix: 3-4 kgs per ha)

In White clover, leaf size generally means more potential yield. However a high stolon density means that theres better tolerance of adverse conditions, such as drought, pests or pugging. It’s important to select the right clover for the situation based on these attributes.

Small / Small-Medium Leafed White Clover:

AberAce: (S) AberAce has the smallest leaf size of any clover on the recommended lists and was bred specifically for continuous sheep grazing in all conditions. It also has an exceptionally dense network of stolons, allowing it to persist well under the most rigorous of sheep grazing systems.
AberLasting: (S) Small Leaf Caucasian White Clover X The first variety from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) White Clover Breeding Programme to incorporate traits from White Clover and Caucasian Clover, a closely related and highly drought-tolerant species. AberLasting was developed by conventional crossing techniques and has all the characteristics of a small leaf white clover and with the drought tolerance of Caucasian clover. Other beneficial traits include stolons and rhizomes from the Caucasian Clover. It is suitable for use in permanent pasture where water may be limited and in all grazing systems.
Demand: (SM) Dense stoloniferous and persistence clover type with good winter hardiness and improved winter, spring production.
Nomad: (SM) Selected for increased stolon recovery after summer dry periods, a must for all dryland pasture seed mixes.
Prestige: (SM) Proven over a wide range of soil types selected for performance in areas subjected to clover flea, stem nematode and common leaf diseases, good year round production.
Rivendel: (S) New release from DLF seeds small leaf with high stolon density. Selected for persistence under close grazing situations.
Tahora: (S) Like most small leaf cultivars Tahora has a dense stolon growth habit with excellent persistence making it ideal for set stocking systems. Good in hill country situations.

Medium Leafed White Clover:

Apex: (M) Breed for sheep, beef and Deer grazing systems with a high stolon density with excellent disease resistance including leaf rust, pepper spot and clover rot. Apex has shown good drought tolerance
Avoca: (M) New release from DLF seeds, medium leaf size, with high persistence and good dry matter production
Bounty: (M) Bounty was bred for better autumn activity and resistance in either a set stocking or rotational grazing systems. Classed as having a high stolon density
Pitau: (M) Older type selected for increased winter performance over Huia. Still good performance in areas of high year round moisture.

Medium / Medium-Large Leafed White Clover:

AberDance: (M) AberDance is best suited to sheep or dairy grazing. It is very winter hardy and therefore very suitable to many parts of New Zealand. AberDance could be used where the ability to be flexible is key, and can be used in either medium or long-term pasture.
Quest white clover: (ML) Quest is a multi purpose clover that has strong spring and summer growth combined with very good cool season production. It has a high tolerance to clover root weevil and its high stolon density ensures good persistence.
Tribute white clover: (ML) High overall dry matter yields and very good tolerance of clover root make Tribute ideal for either rotational or set stocking grazing systems.

Large Leafed White Clover:

AberNormous:: (L) AberNormous is a new generation large leaf white clover with similar to slightly larger leaf size than ARAN white clover, with higher stolon density. Suitable for rotational dairy/cattle grazing and high production silage pastures.
Kopu 2: (L) Has both a large leaf size and excellent stolen density making it ideal for dairy grazing systems. Proven all year round dry matter production.
Kotare: (L) Kotare is a large leaved, high yielding white clover, bred for dairy and beef systems by Agriseeds. Kotare is the natural replacement for Aran – a proven performer on New Zealand farms since 1992. Excellent summer and autumn yielding ability.
Legacy: (L) High yielding large leaf type selected for improved stolon density.
Mainstay: (L) Mainstay is an exciting new generation – robust large-leaved white clover. Strong persistence sees Mainstay as a step forward as a robust productive large-leaved white clover for rotational grazing systems.


 

Red Clovers

Sowing Rates: Diploid: Mixed: 3-5 kgs per ha: Tetraploid: Mixed: 4-6 kgs per ha)

Hamua: Traditional cultivar often known as Cowgrass or broad red. Early flowering type becoming out classed
Pawera: Late flowering tetraploid type with a large leaf size. Older cultivar however still popular where hay / silage is required.
Pinot: Excellent cool season production dense tillering. Early to mid-flowering type with finer stems and upright growth habit making it ideal for hay / silage making
Rajah: Diploid type, low oestrogen with high grazing tolerance.
Relish: High yield potential, semi prostrate growth habit and low levels of oestrogen.
Rossi: Rossi red clover is a new release from Seed Force. Rossi has been bred for persistence and disease tolerance and has strong performance during the warmer seasons.
Renegade: Erect, early flowering, double cut red clover with improved disease resistance. Renegade is classified as semi-dormant in winter growth habit, and provides more grazing than Ladino clover during hot summer months. Renegade tolerates more soil acidity and poorer soil drainage than alfalfa. It is best utilized for spring hay, silage, or as a component in polyspecies grass and legume pasture mixes.
Sensation: Upright growth habit selected for good resistance under hard grazing. Early flowering for better late winter / spring production also has re – seeding ability.
Turoa (Mont): Released many years ago Mont red is later flowering than Hamua with a finer leaf stem than Pawera.
Tuscan: Tuscan red clover is a new release from NZ Agriseeds. Bred for a high yield. This yield advantage when compared to other red clovers is largely due to its improved persistence. Tuscan is suitable for all farm types, especially in summer moist or irrigated areas with fertile conditions. Tuscan is the earliest flowering red clover variety.


 

Annual Clovers:

Sowing Rates: Mixed: 4-6 kgs per ha)

Sub Clover:

Sub Clover are annual clovers breed to perform well in summer conditions. Being an annual clover it must be allowed to re – seed to persist into the second and subsequent seasons. Sub clovers usually contain a percentage of “Hard Seed” that is also important for persistence. As most are imported sub clover supply can be subject to supply difficulties.

Antas: Antas demonstrates a prostrate to semi erect growth habit and persists well on various soil types. It has mid to late season maturity and is suited to medium to high rainfall environments with a growing season of 7 months.
Campeda: Campeda has mid-season maturity which makes it adaptable to medium and high rainfall environments. Campeda is a superior replacement for Woogenellup and is suited to regions with a 6-7 month growth period. It has been selected to provide excellent winter vigour and has increased levels of persistence due to higher hard seed levels (29%) and superior seed yield compared to that of Woogenellup.
Leura: Leura displays a very prostrate growth habit and produces a low, dense sward. Although relatively soft seeded, it sets sufficient seed to ensure the reliable regeneration of plant populations
Monti: Monti is an exciting new sub clover cultivar that has recently been released by the APA*. Monti belongs to the sub clover sub species ‘yanninicum’ and is therefore well adapted to areas receiving intermittent winter waterlogging. Monti is the earliest maturing cultivar of this type.
SF Narrikup: SF Narrikup is a very vigorous mid-late season subterranean clover.
SF Rosabrook: SF Rosabrook is a late flowering type well suited to NZ conditions. Include SF Rosabrook in any dryland pasture mix.
Seaton Park: Seaton Park is an early to mid-season maturing sub clover which makes it well suited to low to medium rainfall areas. It is moderately hard-seeded, providing good levels of persistence.
Woogenellup: Woogenellup demonstrates mid-season maturity and is well suited to medium to high rainfall zones. It demonstrates excellent winter and spring production along with low hard seed levels which makes it suitable for short-term cropping rotations.

Balansa Clover:

Hollow stemmed type with a semi prostrate growth habit. Like Sub Balansa clovers need to re – seed to persist. Perform better where total annual rainfall is above 600 mm. Balansa clovers are tolerant of a wide range of soil types (except sand) and soil fertility.
Cultivar: Bolta

Persian Clover:

Native to countries that include Turkey, Iran and Iraq persian’s performance in summer dry areas should need no explanation. Can be used as either a special purpose forage crop or used in pasture seed mixes with Italian ryegrasses, cereals or brassicas as a self regenerating and highly nutritive plant. Over recent years there has been a great deal of interest in Persian clovers.
Cultivars: Lighting, Enrich
Enrich : Very late flowering type with proven increased dry matter yield into late spring early summer.


 

Other Clover Types:

(Sowing Rates: Mixed: 3-4 kgs per ha)

Strawberry clover:

A perennial legume that persists by both re – seeding and stolon growth. Selected to survive in very difficult environments. Ideal for waterlogged and / or saline conditions were other clovers will not persist.
Cultivars: Imported types

Lotus Pedunculatus:

Also performs well where other clovers fail and is often used in hill country forestry situations noted for their tough environments. Is better suited to free draining soils.
Cultivars: Maku, Trojan

Ladino clover:

Noted by their large leaf size ladino clovers also have good disease and stem nematode tolerance. Best suited to a rotational grazing and or hay / silage pasture situations.
Cultivar: Will

Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus Corniculatus):

Has excellent stock health features that include, non – bloating , high ME and protein levels and the “ideal” level of the very important condensed Tannins. These features plus the fact Birdsfoot trefoil will persist in soil conditions that other legumes can struggle make it a very interesting plant.
Cultivar: Goldie

Big Trefoil (Lotus Pedunculatus):

Also performs well where other clovers fail and is often used in hill country forestry situations noted for their tough environments. Is better suited to free draining soils.
Cultivars: Maku, Sunrise

Caucasian Clover:

Also performs well where other clovers fail and is often used in hill country situations noted for their tough environments. Good tolerance to most diseases and once established is very tolerant to grass grub.
Cultivars: Endura Kura
 

 

Varieties no longer available

(Please contact Specialty Seeds for a replacement product recommendation)

Chieftain : (M) New release from DLF seeds. Selected for large leaf size and high overall dry matter yields
Challenge white clover: (ML) Excellent winter performance makes it ideal for rotational grazing systems.
Sustain white clover: (ML) Described as a aggressive and high yielding clover. Used for many years in both sheep and dairy farms. Good recovery after pugging.
Aran white clover: (L) High yielding clover suitable for Dairy and cattle grazing, fast establishment good disease resistance.
Emerald white clover: (L) Very fast to establish with high winter / spring production selected for persistence under summer dry situations.
Broadway red clover: First red clover bred in New Zealand with stolons. Prostrate growth habit also selected for persistency.
Claret red clover: Early to mid flowering type with finer stems and upright growth habit making it ideal for hay / silage making.
Colenso red clover: Excellent cool season production dense tillering with lower Oestrogen levels and good under drier conditions.
G27 red clover: Re selected from Pawera for higher yield smaller leaf size and better persistence. Has 40% lower Oestrogen than Pawera.

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