In most cases it is recommended that chicory be sown with a companion legume to supply both nitrogen and another source of high-quality feed to the stand. Generally white or red clover is best suited, however, lucerne has also proven to be an excellent companion species.
Chicory offers a well-balanced ration with respect to crude protein, energy and minerals. Passage through the rumen is very rapid and sometimes the diet may lack sufficient fibre causing scouring. Feeding extra fibre does slow the passage through the rumen and gut and provides more effective rumen fermentation.
Chicory provides an opportunity to produce large quantities of high-quality feed for milk production or finishing stock over spring and summer and into autumn. It is also important to note that there are two groups within the chicory family – perennial and bi-annual.