DLF Multi-species Swards Mixture  - DLF 6 Species Herbal Ley

Choosing the right mixture

DLF Multi-species Swards Mixture  - DLF 6 Species Herbal Ley mixture specifications

Multi-species swards are often thought only suitable for good quality, dry land. However, by selecting species that can better cope with wet or dry conditions, we can formulate different mixtures to suit different soil types.

A good starting point is a mixture of species that will perform on a range of soil types like perennial ryegrass, white clover, and ribwort plantain. Once we have this foundation, the mixture can be tailored towards dry or wet soils.

In particularly light, dry soils, adding species like festulolium, cocksfoot, lucerne and chicory will help keep the sward productive during prolonged dry periods.

On the other hand, in heavy, wet soils, species like timothy, meadow fescue and plantain are well equipped to cope with such challenging conditions.

DLF Herbal Ley 6 Species (Multi-species) Mix

A mixture like DLF’s 6 Species Herbal Ley is an excellent all-round mixture that should produce large amounts of quality forage across a range of soil types.

3 x Ryegrass

2 x Clover (Legumes)

Lucerne

Plantain 

Timothy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sinclair McGill Castleherb Multi-species Mix

A scientifically formulated multi-species mixture or herbal ley consisting of 40% productive forage grasses and 30% each of forage herbs and legumes. CastleHerb is a diverse mix with 15 species.

 
This four year mixture is suitable for sheep and lambs, beef cattle and dairy young stock. Mixtures of this type have the potential to out-yield perennial ryegrass leys receiving up to 250 kgsN/ha. CastleHerb can dramatically increase liveweight gain in cattle and finish lambs even faster than clover rich pastures.
 
The protein rich legumes not only have nutritional benefits but also fix atmospheric nitrogen eliminating the need for fertilizer once established. The herbs draw up minerals and trace elements which provide health benefits including reducing the parasitic burden in the gut.
 
CastleHerb also makes an ideal break-crop in an arable rotation enriching the organic content of the cycle and breaking pest and disease cycles. It can also break a blackgrass cycle and build up fertility for ensuing arable crops.
  • Low input high output
  • Improves soil organic content and fertility
  • Faster liveweight gain at much lower cost
  • Improved animal health
  • Good for the environment

For more information on selecting the right mixture for your farm, call Thomas Moloney, DLF ​087 396 1265