AberLasting is one of a kind A one–of–a–kind clover offering multiple benefits to farmers is spreading across New Zealand.
The unique Super Clover, called AberLasting, is a successful hybrid of white and Caucasian clover and was developed by the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University in Wales.
White clover plays an essential role in New Zealand agriculture, producing plant–available nitrogen and driving the competitive advantage for a range of the country’s farming systems, says Sarah Bennett, Product Development Agronomist for Aber.
“It is the most widely used pasture legume in New Zealand, and now Aber is bringing a whole new twist to the white clover game, with AberLasting providing farmers with the benefits of both white clover and Caucasian clover.”
While AberLasting has the above ground appearance of a small to medium leaf white clover, it has a much more developed rooting capability than traditional white clover.
The combination of white clover growth attributes with the Caucasian clover root system gives AberLasting increased drought tolerance, allowing the plant to maintain leaf water content for much longer.
Other benefits include greater persistence, thanks to the root system. While Caucasian clover typically takes three years to become fully established, AberLasting inherits the fast establishment of its white clover parentage.
That’s not all. AberLasting also offers excellent cold tolerance, faster recovery from grazing, nitrogen fixation comparable with white clover and tolerance to clover root weevil.
“AberLasting really is a unique, one–of–a–kind product which every farmer in New Zealand should have in their pasture mixes” says Sarah.
Other products in the Aber range which complement AberLasting, include AberDance, a medium leaf white clover that provides flexibility across farming systems and delivers versatility for a variety of grazing managements, and AberNormous, a large leaf white clover which, with its upright nature and increased leaf area, provides more clover per bite for cattle and increased clover yield for silage production.
Aber clovers are bred in a programme which matches real agricultural systems and are tested under those conditions. They have been well–established with the Aber High Sugar Grass varieties, increasing the clovers’ tolerance to more densely tillered grasses.