This photo was taken just before the hay was cut last week. Chicory was sown in places around the farm as an experiment years ago to see how it grew in our conditions and how much the stock liked it. It is the first thing eaten by the cows and sheep so I guess that means they enjoy it. The plant has a deep tap root and is a great addition to spring and autumn pastures as its full of minerals and vitamins that are good for animals and humans.
During summer it flowers and feeds the bees as well, before it drops its seeds and starts a new chicory community.