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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”