Intensive Dairy Graze - Early Four-Five Year Ley
To provide quality grazing throughout the season this mixture includes tetraploid ryegrasses which will increase palatability and therefore voluntary intake. Containing some early grasses, this ley is well suited to light land and requires early grazing. It should last up to five years and can help to extend the grazing season.
|Contents per Acre||%||kg|
|certified ABERECHO tet. hybrid ryegrass||21.4||3.00|
|certified NIFTY perennial ryegrass||14.3||2.00|
|certified Aspect tet. perennial ryegrass||50.0||7.00|
|certified FOXTROT perennial ryegrass||14.3||2.00|
This form of ryegrass is perhaps one of the best grasses available to the intensive farmer. The hybrid ryegrass is a cross between the Italian and perennial forms of ryegrass and shares characteristics of both. The dominant parent determines how the variety performs in the field. Most hybrid varieties are dominant with Italian genes and the best cultivars provide the same or similar high yields as Italian ryegrass. But as they also contain some of the persistent genes of the perennial ryegrass parent they last longer. This longer lasting and high yielding silage grass has one further advantage: the genes of the perennial ryegrass parent produces a plant with more tillers and more leaf which gives increased ground cover, making them better for aftermath grazing.
Perennial ryegrass is the most commonly grown productive grass in the UK, used particularly for livestock grazing and forage. It has been the subject of plant breeding for over 60 years, ensuring there are a wide range of perennial ryegrass varieties available commercially.