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Vicia villosa ssp dasycarpa

Grazing vetch aka Woolly pod vetch is an annual or biennial (rarely) leguminous plant. It produces most of its growth during autumn, winter and spring. It is most commonly used for grazing or hay production.


The minimum rainfall requirement for these species is 350 mm per annum, provided that distribution correlates with its production curve. Stands under irrigation or higher rainfall (500 – 700 mm per annum) show improved growth, when soils can freely drain.

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  • 3 - 12 t DM/ha/season
    Depending on environmental conditions and management

  • Fixes atmospheric nitrogen (N)

  • Adapted to acid/low fertility soils

  • High nutritive value

  • Long growing season

  • Low bloat risk in cattle

  • Good for soil improvement

  • Ease of establishment

  • Adds quality to grass pastures

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