‘Short Term’ Red Clover Ley One-Two Year Mixture
An intensive silage ley lasting for up to two years which requires little or no nitrogen fertiliser. First cut is to be expected during the third week of May. Robust levels of red clover in the mixture produce a high protein silage.
|Contents per Acre||%||kg|
|certified AVISTO red clover||25.0||3.000|
|certified Messina tetraploid Italian ryegrass||25.0||3.000|
|certified FABIO tetraploid Italian ryegrass||25.0||3.000|
|certified Syntilla Italian ryegrass||25.0||3.000|
This is a short lived grass lasting for two years. It is very high yielding and reliably provides up to 18t DM per hectare on soils that suit it. (All ryegrasses yield less on light soils, especially in low rainfall areas.) It has a very open growth habit with fewer tillers than other grasses. It is therefore better suited to cutting than grazing. Italian ryegrass has been the subject of plant breeding for many years, which means there are a wide range of varieties available commercially.
Red clover is one of the most popularly used true clovers in the UK. Once established it’s capable of rapid growth and shows reasonably good persistence up to three years, although ongoing breeding work is being carried out to increase plant persistence. The highest yielding strains of red clover are called 'double cut' varieties, normally providing quick regrowth after cutting and several flushes or cuts per season. The 'single cut' strains of red clover, notably the variety altaswede provide one large cut per season, flowering approximately 10 days later than the 'double cut' strains.