Clover’s huge dairy farm­ing po­ten­tial

Irish Examiner - Farming - - DAIRY SECTOR -

G r a s s - c l o ve r s wa r d s c a n in­crease grass pro­duc­tion by 2.9 tonnes of dry mat­ter per hectare, ac­cord­ing to a pre­sen­ta­tion on manag­ing grass­clover swards in an in­ten­sive g rass based s ys t em , by Michael Egan and Deirdre Hen­nessy of Tea­gasc, Moorepark, at the re­cent an­nual Tea­gasc Soil Fer­til­ity Con­fer­ence.

Clover can also of­fer the op­por­tu­nity to strate­gi­cally re­duce in­or­ganic ni­tro­gen use in high stock­ing rate grass­based sys­tems, par­tic­u­larly in the sec­ond half of the year. How­ever, use of clover on Ir­ish farms is low, even though it has huge po­ten­tial to ben­e­fit dairy farm­ers, when the in­creased milk pro­duc­tion per cow and im­proved en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity (due t o re d u c e d n i t ro u s o x i d e emis­sions) are in­cluded White clover can sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact on Ir­ish dairy pro­duc­tions sys­tems through in­creased herbage pro­duc­tion.

The con­fer­ence was told that fre­quent tight graz­ing (to 4cm–4.5 cm above ground level) of grass-clover swards will en­cour­age white clover per­sis­tence in grazed swards.

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