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National Dairy Conference Questions Answered: Oversowing Clover

In a follow up from yesterday’s questions about the Clover seeding rate, this question is further answered today with regard to clover oversowing methods. Teagasc Dairy Specialists and farmer speakers answer questions like this from the National Dairy Conference here on Teagasc Daily this week

In a follow up from yesterday’s questions about the Clover seeding rate– Dr Michael Egan, Teagasc Moorepark, discussed clover oversowing methods used in reseeding on a large number of  trial farms where oversowing of clover is being evaluated.

What amount of clover seed should be in a mix for mid season reseed?

The seeding rate that is being successfully used is between 2 and 2.5kg of unpelleted white clover seed/acre.

Michael reported that Broadcasting or stitching in can both be successfully used when oversowing.

When broadcasting it is important that the sward has been tightly grazed off to ensure good soil to seed contact. Michael recommends that April and May are the best months to achieve a high establishment rate and like yesterday’s farmers, recommends frequent grazings at approx. 1,000kg DM/ha to ensure good establishment of the white clover seedling.

Watch in the video below as Dr. Michael Egan, Teagasc Moorepark shares tips on oversowing clover

See pages 17 - 20 of the Teagasc booklet Management and establishment of grass white clover swards (PDF) 

Read more here on Sowing White Clover

See more on the Virtual Dairy Conference 2021 here.

The complete Dairy Conference Proceedings can be viewed here and the individual articles were published on Teagasc Daily throughout last week. See Teagasc Daily - Dairy for more.