Hilltop

small-medium leaf white clover

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  • Persistent even under set-stocking due to high stolon density
  • NZ bred for competitiveness against our invasive grasses such as Browntop
  • Best option for drier, lower fertility conditions
  • Ideally suited for hill and high country grazing systems
  • Suited for oversowing with Prillcote seed treatment
Grasslands Hilltop small-medium leaf white clover was bred to cope with more challenging environments from variable fertility to variable moisture availability or combinations of the both. It has a higher stolon density than Tahora II making it even more robust and persistent. A focus of Hilltop breeding was for competitiveness against invasive grasses such as Browntop to help it survive in the reverted pastures often found in New Zealand.

 

Performance and Leaf Size of Small-Medium Leaf White Clover Cultivars in Perennial Pasture at Six Locations (Expressed as a Percentage of Tahora II)

  Leaf Mean  Moist HC Growth - Manawatu  Dryland Growth - Hawke's Bay  Manawatu Stage II Growth  Canterbury Growth  Manawatu Growth  Southland Growth 
Hilltop  115  117  162  125  100  111  114 
AberAce  77  101 
Demand  109  98  109  72  126  101 
Huia  126  98  64  74  100  76  99 
Prestige  112  120  109  73  106 
Tahora  107  127  70  80  97  71 
Tahora II  100  100  100  100  100  100  100 
LSD 5%       19      
 Trials conducted by AgResearch. Clovers were grown in a diploid perennial AR37 ryegrass. 

Sowing & Establishment

Grasslands Hilltop small-medium leaf white clover can be established at 4-6 kg/ha following recommended pasture establishment procedures. The use of Superstrike clover seed treatment will improve seedling establishment. It is also ideal for oversowing with Prillcote seed treatment.

Grazing Management

Management of Grasslands Hilltop small-medium leaf white clover will depend on the pasture mix it is in. It has been bred to cope with intensive sheep grazing but can persist under a number of situations and stock classes.

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