Hilltop 

small-medium leaf white clover

  • 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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