Red Clover Ley Three-Four Year Mixture 50% ORGANIC
Persistent and high yielding, this ley is tried, tested and highly successful, incorporating the best red clover and hybrid and perennial ryegrasses. It is usually cut in the third or fourth week of May and incorporates the best red clover with hybrid and perennial ryegrasses, giving yields nearly as high as our two year red clover ley, with twice the lifespan. br> br>We consider Aberystwyth hybrid ryegrasses to be better than the others as they are very persistent and provide leafy grazable swards in the summer and autumn.
|Contents per Acre||%||kg|
|certified MILVUS red clover||25.0||3.000|
|certified ASTONCRUSADER ORGANIC hybrid ryegrass||33.3||4.000|
|certified HUNTER ORGANIC tet. italian ryegrass||16.7||2.000|
|certified GLENSTAL tet. Perennial ryegrass||25.0||3.000|
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.
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.
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.
Red clover is one of the most popularly used true clovers in the UK. Once established itís 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.