A long lived legume, Birdsfoot Trefoil is high yielding and used for haying and grazing. Birdsfoot Trefoil often does well on soils with poorer drainage and lower pH that is not suited for alfalfa. It long outlives Red Clover. No cases of bloat have been recorded in animals grazing Trefoil. Birdsfoot Trefoil seed is available from Byron Seeds.
- High Yielding
- Works well in acidic soil
- Tolerates high amounts of grazing
- Works well in water logged areas
- Maintains forage quality past maturity
Bruce Birdsfoot Trefoil
Birdsfoot Trefoil is a remarkable pasture legume that is highly productive with excellent forage quality. Often overlooked because it requires different management than Alfalfa or Red Clover, Trefoil is widely adaptable and will outperform Alfalfa and Red Clover on acidic or poorly drained soils, even tolerating waterlogged soils or brief flooding. Its tolerance to frequent grazing and ability to hold quality past maturity make it an ideal choice for rotational grazing. Trefoil is highly nutritious with lower fiber than other legumes and with more bypass protein than Alfalfa or Red Clover. One of the best attributes of Trefoil is that there is no risk of bloating. Trefoil has moderate drought and heat tolerance.
If seeding Birdsfoot Trefoil alone recomend seed rate is 8 lbs an acre. When using Birdsfoot Trefoil as a mix you can lower the amount to 5 lbs and acre.
Birdsfoot Trefoil does very well with grazing, but you will want to periodically delay grazing to allow reseeding. Birdsfoot Trefoil works best in rotational grazing practices and will maintain forage quality well past its maturity.
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