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Herbs are generally used as an additive to pasture mixes, but may be used to provide
specialised summer autumn finishing feeds in mixtures with grasses such as timothy.
They are generally deeper rooted and heat tolerant and can provide high quality
beneficial feed to the grazing animal.
Chicory is a summer active, highly palatable perennial herb which is regarded
as a valuable addition to most pasture seed mixes. Chicory has broad leaves
and a long thick tap-root with an exposed crown. The crown regenerates shoots
which in turn develop their own roots. This crown can be damaged by heavy winter
treading and over-grazing. Chicory will tolerate a wide soil pH range but grows
best in a range of pH 5.5-6.0.
Chicory is often used to help prevent summer root pulling of ryegrass based
pastures. Chicory is best shallow sown and when soil conditions are warm. When
used in finishing mixtures chicory should always be sown with a suitable legume
such as red and white clover. >>
Plantain is a palatable, mineral rich perennial herb with a deep fibrous root
system enabling good heat and drought tolerance, and which is generally recommended
for use in lower fertility dryland pasture mixes. It is slightly tolerant to
grass grub damage, will tolerate low phosphorus and potassium soils and grows
within a broad soil pH range of 4.2 - 7.8. It will not tolerate swampy soils.
Often used with chicory for use in deer mixtures. It has nearly twice the uptake
of Selenium and triple that of Copper compared to ryegrass and provides higher
levels of Calcium, Sodium and Zinc in the diet to the grazing animal. >>
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