- Valuable year round production
- Source of key minerals - calcium, sodium, copper, selenium
- Degree of drought tolerance due to deep coarse root system
- Strong cool-season growth
- Suits wide range of environments and soil conditions
TONIC plantain is a mineral-rich perennial grazing herb that is a valuable pasture component, particularly in drier regions and less fertile conditions. TONIC has a similar yield potential and suits similar management systems to perennial ryegrass.
Tonic suffers from few pests and diseases. Pre-emergent weed control is important as Tonic is susceptible to broadleaf herbicides after emergence. It is not recommended to sow Tonic if a brassica crop is being used as a weed clean-up tool.
Tonic is highly palatable and preferentially grazed. Tonic suits a grazing management similar to ryegrass, with potential yields like that of perennial ryegrass. Ideally a 20-25 day rotation will maintain seedhead palatability through late spring and summer. Plantain is a fast-establishing species, and will be productive and persistent over a wide range of soils and climate conditions. It appears to tolerate acidic soil and it exhibits useful growth in cold winter conditions.
Tonic is not known to cause milk taint. Scientific evidence (Moorhead et al, 2002, Hoskin et al, 2005 & Hoskin et al, 2006) suggests Tonic is effective at transferring minerals to the grazing animal. Literature reviewed by Stewart (1996) has identified biologically active compounds in Tonic that have beneficial medicinal properties.
Tonic can add value, both in terms of dry matter and quality, in a diverse range of ways in any farming system. The benefits of Tonic include improved dry matter production and quality at key times of the year. Tonic also has a positive impact on animal performance by improving the supply of some trace elements.
|Growth habit:||Erect, leafy|
8-10kg/ha pure stand
|When to Sow:||Autumn, winter or spring|
|Best grazing practice:||Rotational grazing|