2014-04-09   facebook twitter rss

Spotlight on Grass Seed Mixtures

Oliver Seeds will showcase a comprehensive range of their grass seed mixtures on Stand Number 316 at the Grassland and Muck event at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on May 21-22.

Plots drilled on the Oliver Seeds stand last September will highlight the significant differences between short term mixtures designed for cutting, dual purpose medium term leys, and long term mixtures expected to last five years or more which are ideal for grazing. There will also be examples of mixtures for special sites such as Landmark Extreme and Landmark lucerne/grass mix designed to withstand adverse/dry land conditions.

Grassland and Muck 2011

Grassland and Muck 2011

“There is often a lot of hype surrounding the launch of new varieties – but in this country very few people actually grow grass as a monoculture,” explains Rod Bonshor, general manager for Oliver Seeds.

“We grow mixtures of different species and varieties which have been carefully selected to compliment each other to produce the optimum feed for different classes of livestock.”

Oliver Seeds carry out trials at sites across the UK to test the performance of their mixtures. This means they can select the best ones for traits such as yield, feed quality, persistence and disease resistance.

Mr. Bonshor and his team will also be discussing how farmers can grow more protein on-farm, by using crops such as red clover and lucerne to reduce the need to buy-in expensive feeds like soya.

And with increased interest in growing hay and haylage, they will also be explaining which mixtures produce the best results for anyone looking to produce drier conserved forages.

Oliver Seeds

   
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