Tonic plantain seed (NI)
Tonic plantain is a broad-leaved perennial forage herb that is an ideal companion in multi-species swards with Germinal red and white clovers and Aber High Sugar Grasses.
Tonic plantain seed products a coarse-rooted plant that is well adapted to a range of soil types.
With similar total annual yields to Puna II perennial chicory, it has slightly better spring and autumn growth.
Tonic plantain is highly productive and provides a high-quality feed that can boost liveweight gain in livestock. It is ideally suited to intensive or rotational grazing systems, with rapid regrowth post-grazing in dry summers.
Key benefits of Tonic plantain seed
- More milk or meat production
- Increased daily liveweight gain
- Heavier weights at weaning
- High dry matter production from early spring to late autumn
- Reduces the effects of internal parasites
- High in minerals, especially copper and selenium
- High digestibility to drive intakes and growth
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Sowing rate: 1 kg/acre with 12 kg grass and clover (2.5 + 35 kg/ha)
Sowing time: April to mid-August, into warm soils (>10°C)
Sowing depth: 10 mm
Sowing instructions: Sow in well-drained soils. Control broad-leaved weeds before sowing. Cultivate to achieve a fine, firm seedbed. Ploughing will help level rough fields. Sow in good conditions (warm with rain forecast), no deeper than 10-15 mm. Roll well after sowing to ensure good soil/ seed contact. N, P and K fertiliser requirements are similar to that of grass. Ensure optimum soil pH, P and K indices.
- Graze when the crop reaches a height of 10-15 cm and when plants are resistant to uprooting. Generally ready for grazing 8 weeks after sowing
- Rotationally graze for best results
- Ensure short, intensive periods of grazing with adequate recovery periods
- Ideally graze to a residual of 4cm
- In the second and subsequent years, plant height must not exceed 25 cm to limit seed head development and maintain feed quality
- Ensure adequate N, P and K fertiliser is available to the plant