How to assess clover content in pastures

Use the clover content assessment stick to help you estimate the clover content in your pastures and assess nitrogen (N) supply.

To reach the target of 30% white clover, the sward must appear to have 50–60% clover at its peak growth in August. Generally, clover content is half of what it looks like.

It is often difficult to decide how much nitrogen will be supplied because clover content can change from year-to-year and within a given season. Typically, it takes around one year for the quoted levels on nitrogen to be fixed.