I try to aim at 3 just going into 4 leaf Neil. Seems to be a good trade off for protein content and fibre as I don’t have slurry storage facilities. Plus it slows the rumen function and maximises uptake. More time in the gut the betterI have a field of red clover & Westerwolds (had annual clovers as well until the winter), which is bulking up fast after being lightly grazed in March.
When should you cut it?
I grow a fair bit , baled it up last year , made some good stuff but needs 2 days wilt and don't over Ted it , and keep the mower up a little , it's all about how you manage it after , having said that we have one field that had sheep eating hard at it all winter and it's come back this spring , somthing you should not do , it has thined it a bit mind , I put large leaf white in with mine , and some Hybrid Ryegass , works well with Hybrid Ryegass as it's a bit more open in the bottom and the Sugar's help the silage
A lot seen to cut it to late as well , see some dreadful stuff being sold at sales , like sticks , you can't cut red clover to early the first year but don't over egg it
What was the % mix of red clover to ryegrass?I grow it with ryegrass and it’s a fantastic food in my opinion. Does make the cows quite runny though. It has anthelmintic properties and is used a lot in organic production as both feed and fertility building. It is second only to Lucerne for protein production if I recall correctly but it is far more robust to tolerating wet ground.
cut it before the grass goes to head because if it sheds any seeds you’ll never get rid of it out of the field.I have a field of red clover & Westerwolds (had annual clovers as well until the winter), which is bulking up fast after being lightly grazed in March.
When should you cut it?
Do you put out liquid slurry or dung or both? No extra P&K?I grow it, I love it. Used to feed about 2lb a day of 14% growers ration to my weanlings and replaced it with an Italian RC mix, first cut came out at 16% protein second 18% and third when the clover was so vast you could hardly see the grass along with it, it came back at 19.5%, I nearly fell over at the ME and D value of the stuff! I have totally replaced corn on farm and it had no N last year for any cut and mucked well in spring and back end. No N now and it's romping away
My sheep man loves the stuff for his stores, says he's never been able to fatten lambs in the middle of December before so easily.
Basically put as much in as you can, I've just banged a whole lot more in a few weeks ago it's wonderful stuff
Did two 12 acre fields two month s ago , 1 kg white 2 kg Red , ones come well the other nothing at all , I remember now I sprayed the one field with Hurler last Summer, seems to have effected it , I've got a fealing it overseed s better than grassAnyone any joy overseeding or stitching in red clover?