Calimero - White clover

The long live large leaved

  • Large leaved
  • Medium leaved
  • Small leaved
  • Ladino type (very large leaved)

Large-leaved protein yielder

Calimero is a new Hollandicum-type white clover with large leaves, which leaf-size is comparable to the famous Barenbrug variety ‘Alice’. It has been adopted to the German BSA-list in 2012 as a high productive white clover with a perfect protein content. Therefor Calimero is very useful in grass mixtures aimed for both grazing and cutting purposes. Its large leafiness and erect growth habit allows this white clover to grow along with tall grasses and be a valuable protein source in productive grass swards. 

 

Excellent ground cover and persistency

Furthermore, Calimero can be characterized by its excellent ground cover. This can be seen from the figure below. Its ability to spread and maintain its position in the sward, prevent open places and weed infection in the pasture. On top of that, this Barenbrug variety shows a good winter survival. All together, these features make Calimero a very persistent white clover, perfect for long-term protein production.

 

Trifolium repens: Small to medium-leaved varieties

Results of measurements and observations from 2017 to 2019

Name Yield General impression Juvenile development Competitive ability Persistence Winter tolerant Resistance to leaf diseases Suitability for higher altitudes Index
Standard 5.4 3.0 3.0 5.1 3.7 4.0 2.7 4.2 3.73
Calimero 4.6 2.6 2.2 5.1 3.2 4.0 2.1 3.6 3.26

Source: Agroscope Switzerland

Marks: 1 = very high, very good; 9 = very low, very bad

 

Very low HCN-content

White clover can contain a substance called hydrocycanic acid (HCN). After consuming too high levels of HCN, animals can get physiologic problems. To prevent these problems it’s important to control the level of clover intake and use varieties with a low HCN-content. Calimero has been tested on HCN by the BSA in Germany and rated as: “variety with a very low HCN-content”. Therefor this white clover will be a nice healthy forage for animals. 

 

Specifications
Species
White clover
Leaf
Large leaved
White clover

White clover is a perennial legume which spreads by branching stolons through the sward. It has the ability to produce its own nitrogen through a symbiotic process with rhizobium bacteria in the root nodules. White clover is mainly used in grazing leys for its high nutritive value.

White clover is a perennial legume which spreads by branching stolons through the sward. It has the ability to produce its own nitrogen through a symbiotic process with rhizobium bacteria in the root nodules. White clover is mainly used in grazing leys for its high nutritive...

White clover is a perennial legume which spreads by branching stolons through the sward. It has the ability to produce its own nitrogen through a symbiotic process with rhizobium bacteria in the root nodules. White clover is mainly used in grazing leys for its high nutritive value.