Puna II

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Puna II chicory
  • High dry matter production
  • A true perennial chicory that lasts more than one year
  • Multi-graze option, recovers quickly after grazing
  • Semi-erect for better utilisation than Puna chicory
  • Better winter activity than Puna chicory
  • Thick, deep taproot giving drought tolerance

Farm Type
  • Sowing Rate 7 kg/ha

Grasslands Puna II chicory is a New Zealand bred broad-leaved, perennial forage herb bred from true perennial chicory parents. Puna II chicory has high nutritional quality, producing high yields from spring to late autumn. Extensive animal data has been generated on chicory (much of it on Puna II chicory’s predecessor Grasslands Puna chicory). Grazing evaluations and trials have confirmed Grasslands Puna II chicory’s high dry matter production, improved regrowth after grazing and improved persistence.


Sowing and establishment

Puna chicory
Chicory should be sown no deeper than 10 mm. Seed may be broadcast or direct drilled under favourable conditions. Soil temperatures of 12 degrees celsius for spring sowings are recommended, however, early autumn sowing is possible, as long as the chicory has established before going dormant in the cool season. Superstrike seed treatment is recommended to improve establishment.

grazing management

Puna II Lamb Live Weight Gains
Grasslands Puna II chicory is cool season dormant, but with high growth rates over spring, summer and autumn. Chicory should be rotationally grazed for best performance and persistence. Hard grazing, particularly in wet conditions, may cause damage to the crown and can affect production and persistence.

mix suitability

Chicory combines well with most grasses and clovers and can be added to a pasture mix at 0.5-2 kg/ha. Chicory stands are established at 5-7 kg/ha (Superstrike treated seed), or with white and/or red clovers at 4-6 kg/ha.
Craig carter Puna II Hebrs chicory
“Puna II has added huge value to the farm now for four years. The lambs finished on Puna II have had a 2 kg/head increase over the lambs finished on grass. It has been a great tool to prevent facial eczema in my lambs.”
craig carter, king country

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