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  • Grass Seed Agricultural Mixtures 2017

    Specifically developed by Wallace Agri in conjunction with Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture.
  • Grass Seed Mixtures - Alternative Foddler And Crops 2016

    Grassland in Ireland

    Approximately 90% of the farmed land area in the country is devoted to grassland and is the primary resource for almost all of our agricultural output. While sward composition, especially for old pastures, is often complex, perennial ryegrass and white clover are the key components of the most productive pastures.

    Due to farmers needs to extend the grazing season, varieties of grass that produce good yields both early and late in the season are important. Ease of management (less topping) and improved animal performance are critical factors in modern day farming. Tetraploids have a high sugar content, are more palatable, are more tolerant to drought conditions, and establish faster, but they have (a) fewer tillers (not thick on the ground), (b) lower persistency and (c) higher moisture content. Because of these characteristics the proportions of late heading tetraploid grasses in most mixtures should not exceed 20-30% and should not be included in mixtures for “heavy” land, but there are exceptions.

    Modern varieties of white clover offer higher yields, improved persistency, increased versatility and reliability. Considering the effects of the single farm payment regime and the current Nitrates Directive, the benefits offered by good clover pastures have never been so great. Clover converts atmospheric Nitrogen into a plant usable form (100–200kg of N/ha/year) which is available to the grass in the sward thereby reducing the N fertiliser requirement. Suitable on all livestock farms, clover producers high quality feed with increased protein and digestibility compared to pure grass swards.

    Principles of Successful Sward Establishment

    There are many methods of reseeding grassland, ranging from ploughing and tilling in the conventional way to direct seeding. For successful establishment all methods must provide an environment in the seedbed which allows the seeds to germinate and establish.

    Germination: The essential pre-requisite is to have adequate soil moisture to allow the seeds to absorb water and develop roots and shoots. In direct drilling seeds are often susceptible to drought conditions, where there is adequate water for germination, but not enough to sustain early seedling growth. A firm seedbed helps to conserve moisture.

    Emergence: Seeds provide sufficient energy for shoots to push their way through the soil and emerge above ground. If buried too deeply, seeds will not have sufficient energy to emerge and seedlings die. This can arise from sowing the seed too deeply, or covering the seeds with too much soil after sowing. Seeds should be covered with 1–2cm of soil.

    Root development: Seedlings depend on their own energy reserves until the roots gain their own feed supply from the soil. Rapid and good seed-soil contact is essential. The ideal seed bed should be firm, fine and level.

    Plant nutrition: Phosphorus is essential for root development. Therefore an adequate supply of phosphorus needs to be readily available in the soil with a pH level of about 6.5 – 6.8. The fertiliser requirements at sowing depends on the various levels of fertility, generally 3 bags of 10 – 10 – 20 per acre is sufficient.

  • Ace Multi Sward

    • Astonenergy
    • Rosetta
    • Glenroyal
    • Majestic
    • Chieftain
    • Barblanca
    • TOTAL

    Our Multi-sward contains a mix of intermediate and late perennial rye grasses, specifically chosen to give high yielding, high quality first cut silage. The mixture is also ideal for grazing for the remainder of the season.

    Ace Maxi - Graze

    • Dunluce
    • Abergain
    • Aberchoice
    • Tyrella
    • Drumbo
    • Aberherald
    • TOTAL

    Our Maxi-graze contains 100% late perennial rye grasses specifically chosen for their grazing quality, high persistency and excellent ground cover. The mixture will provide high yielding leafy grass all year round.

  • Forage Rape

  • With its relatively low seed rate and inputs Forage Rape is a popular choice with many livestock farmers. The crop has a wide sowing window and will provide excellent Autumn/Winter keep for all classes of livestock. The crop can also work well alongside Stubble Turnips to extend the usage of that valuable crop. Forage Rape also makes an excellent break crop between grass swards and can be sown and utilised between crops of Spring Barley.

    Fencing at Wallaces Agri Wellingtonbridge

  •  Why Grow Forage Rape?
    • Fast growing leafy catch crop
    • High protein content
    • Longer lasting than stubble turnips
    • Winter hardy varieties
    • Flexible sowing period
    • Sheep, Dairy or Beef production

    With its exceptional yield potential, disease resistance and palatability this Kale/Rape hybrid is the leading rape variety. Interval established quickly and is typically ready to graze in only 10-12 weeks.

    • Average Dry Matter yield = 3.5 tonnes/ha
    • Average fresh yields = 24-35 tonnes/ha
    • Dry Matter = 12-14%
    • Crude protein = 19-20%
    • Digestibility value = 65D
    • Metabolisable energy = 10-11 MJ/kg DM
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