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Equine Pasture Mix

Ref: MIX13

This is a more persistent, non-ryegrass mix providing good quality, diverse forage with a low sugar content. Although this mix will take a little longer to establish than a ryegrass based mix, it will provide a dense, resilient turf with balanced forage for grazing and hay. Research and experience has shown that rich pasture containing ryegrass can cause dietary issues such as stomach ulcers and laminitis in equines. Increasingly horse owners are opting to avoid sugary ryegrassesin thier paddocks altogether. Some ryegrasses can also become unproductive after 4-5 years. This more persistent, non-ryegrass mix is an alternative to our Standard Horse Pasture, providing good quality and diverse forage with a lower sugar content.

Persistence (0-10 Years)
               
Grazing Suitability (1-5)
     
Cutting Suitability (1-5)
     

Contents per Acre%kg
certified ANJO timothy10.71.50
certified PARDUS meadow fescue25.03.50
certified MAXIMA creeping red fescue17.92.50
certified QUANTUM tall fescue10.71.50
commercial crested dogstail10.71.50
certified PANDURO smooth stalked meadowgrass10.71.50
certified DASAS rough stalked meadowgrass7.11.00
certified TENO smaller catstail3.60.50
certified HIGHLAND common bentgrass3.60.50
Units AcHaKg

£82.09 / Acre

Sowing rate: 14.0kg/acre (35.0kg/ha)

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White Clover (1 Kg) £9.65/Acre
Sainfoin (5 Kg) £13.25/Acre
Herbs Mix (0.5 Kg) £6.76/Acre

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Bentgrass

Common Bentgrass is a perennial grass with fine leaves, The seed head is delicate and attractive, opening loosely from late spring through to autumn. Older swards in heavily grazed or trampled areas may form dense, low growing clumps.

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Creeping Red Fescue

Often known as Strong Red Fescue, this common grass, as its name implies, has creeping rhizomes . It has a more vigorous creeping habit than some similar species which can help to create a dense, hardwearing turf or sward. These shallow creeping roots help it to remain green even in drier soils.

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Crested Dogstail

Traditionally a grazing grass, which helps to fill out the base of the sward. This compact tufted perennial is found in abundance in sheep pastures. It is not aggressive and grows well late into the season when other grasses are giving up. It has good winter greenness but is inclined to produce wiry stems if not cut or grazed.

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Meadow Fescue

One of the larger fescues this is a valuable grazing grass which can also be made into hay. Recent thinking has altered the Latin so that the flat leaved fescues (meadow fescue and tall fescue) have been given their own genus, separate from the finer leaved fescues.

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Rough Stalked Meadow Grass

Rough stalk meadow grass is a very common species throughout the UK and Europe. It can be found in lowland pastures, river meadows and waste ground. Recognisable from its tufted habit and erect culms. It is generally leafy towards the base, and will fill out the bottom of the sward as it tolerates partial shading.

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Smaller Catstail / Small Timothy

A leafy perennial species found throughout the UK. It grows on low lands to foothills and can be found in old pasture and hedgerows. Normally thought of as a smaller, lower yielding relative of Timothy. Although valued as a forage plant for livestock, it can also form a useful compact turf.

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Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass

Found throughout the UK in meadows and traditional pastures. It is said to be one of the greenest grasses found growing in the early spring, and is an indicator of land that is well drained and in good heart. The species itself is palatable, and nutritional to livestock, often called one of the traditional 'sweet grasses'.

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Tall Fescue

Tall fescue is found throughout the UK, it has similar features to meadow fescue, however it is distinguished by being taller, and coarser, with a rough upper leaf and margins. The well developed root system means it is tolerant of drought, damp and frost, which has created interest among plant breeders, looking to cross highly productive ryegrass and resilient fescue species as festuloliums. Recent thinking has altered the Latin so that the flat leaved fescues (meadow fescue and tall fescue) have been given their own genus, separate from the finer leaved fescues.

Tall Fescue Species Guide

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Timothy

Possibly the most important and flexible grass species which is used both environmentally and agriculturally. It is a very common species found in pasture throughout the UK. It retains its verdure longer than most grasses and although similar to smaller cats tail, it is larger in size with wider leaves and a longer spike like panicle.

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