Farmers are experiencing the benefits of a diverse grass platform and gaining confidence in including more diverse mixtures on the grazing platform
With constant fluctuation in the price of inputs like fertiliser and feed many farmers are looking at multi-species swards as an option to reduce their reliance on expensive inputs and increase their profitability.
Furthermore, multi-species swards produce a greater volume of quality forage in summer than grass alone and incorporating them into the grazing platform can lead to a steadier supply of grazed forage throughout the year.
Some farmers are even sowing these mixtures as a buffer against drought.
Apart from seeking advice on general management, there are three concerns among farmers that are repeatedly highlighted;
1. How to manage weeds?
2. Can it preserve as silage?
3. Is spring growth an issue?
Contains perennial ryegrass, timothy, red and whiteclover, ribwort plantain and chicory. This mixture willprovide a good balance of productivity and diversityacross a range of soil types.