For any sheep, cattle or dairy farmer, the biggest percentage of the total animal diet is without a doubt grass, either from grazing or in hay or silage form. Grass forage is the cheapest form of feeding a farmer can provide for their stock.
Any sward under intensive grazing or cutting will normally run out after an average of five years, yet statistics show that only a small fraction of grassland is reseeded after five years
Not maximising grass production leads to expensive substitutions with other feeding stuffs and also relatively poor returns for expensive fertilisers applied. Probably one of the most important decisions to be made concerns the choice of grass varieties included in the mix.
Consideration before choosing the most suitable grass seed mixture for your particular situation includes:
- Types of soil
- Intended use
- Aspect-height above sea levels etc
- Type of management etc
- Fertiliser use
- Palatability of grasses included
- Soil Fertility
No one should ever consider reseeding an unproductive lea without first having, a comprensive soil test carried out and any limiting deficiencies with respect to lime, major or minor deficiencies being addressed in an appropriate manner. Your Quinns Technical Agri Advisor can recommend a suitable laboratory/testing company for all your testing needs.
Quinns are stockists of both MoreGrass range of seed as well as Germinal’s Top5 Extend range.
Germinal’s Top 5 Extend Range
“I milk 200 cows and I re-seeded 20 acres at the end of August 2013. It was last grazed on 10th November, 2013. My cows will go back out to grass before 20th Februrary 2014. I used MOREGRASS MG60, supplied from my local Agri Merchant, Quinns of Baltinglass. The MOREGRASS brand has given me a wide range of options on my farm of early, mid and late season grazing on the shoulders of the year. Without these options it would be hard to survive in dairy farming.”
Donal Kavanagh, Carrigeen, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow
- The brand is fully supported by Freudenberger (Germany), PGG Wrightson (New Zealand), RAGT (France)
- Mixtures are specifically designed for Irish conditions
- Varieties are chosen for yield, digestibility persistence and disease resistance
- All seed is tested and certified to the highest standard
Benefits of reseeding
- Provide more grass in the shoulder periods (early Spring and late Autumn)
- New pastures are more responsive to nitrogen compared to old permanent pastures
- Higher feeding quality
- Faster re-growth
- Supports higher stocking rates & improves animal production
Poor soil fertility is one of the main reasons why ryegrass will disappear from pasture. Reseeding is an expensive and time consuming job and reseeds will not perform to their full potential if soil fertility is not correct.
Lime is an essential element in the soil as a soil conditioner to achieve the desired pH. There has been a huge decline in lime application over the last number of years. Different forms of lime have different suitable times of year for application and reseeding presents an ideal opportunity to start correcting any deficiencies.
Importance of Phosphorus
Phosphorus is essential in the soil for root development. Grass reseeds have a high demand for available phosphorus for successful and timely establishment.
Micronutrients are often overlooked but are extremely important in soil fertility even on grassland. The most important of these are:
Goulding Products to suit different requirements
Gouldings manufacture a wide range of different products to suit different farming requirements. Over the last number of years Gouldings have been innovators in the fertiliser market bringing many new exciting and rewarding products and solutions to the Irish market. Gouldings have a wide range of solutions to meet farmer and soil needs. Your local Quinns technical agri advisor will be able to discuss the most suitable for your needs.