Worming Paddock Mixture
High parasitic worm populations in ruminant stock can have significant affects on animal health and production. Several species of plant are known for their ability to reduce worm (nematode) populations, these are know as 'Natural Anthelmintics'. Introducing a natural anthelmintic into the diet, such as the species shown in this mixture, can significantly reduce worm populations, both in the field and in the digestive system, helping reduce vet bills and improve animal health. br> br> Designed for small paddocks, this mix includes carefully chosen species which reduce and control worm populations in ruminant livestock. If you are experiencing a high worm burden in your livestock, a small area planted with this mix can be grazed for short periods on a regular basis to supplement their regular forage and improve animal health.
|Contents per Acre||%||kg|
|certified PUNA II chicory||4.5||0.700|
|certified Gran Sans Gabrielle birdsfoot trefoil||8.4||1.300|
|certified ENDURANCE ribgrass||3.2||0.500|
|certified PARDUS meadow fescue||12.9||2.000|
|certified Comtal timothy||6.5||1.000|
Birdsfoot Trefoil is a legume, it grows from a basal crown, with numerous stems that can vary from prostrate to erect in growth habit. In some parts of the country it is called the 'eggs and bacon' plant.
Chicory is an eye catching, mineral rich forage herb that has a long taproot capable of penetrating to great depth, breaking through plough pans and leaving the soil aerated, aiding drainage and crop root development. Itís frequently used in combination with other species as a soil improving species and is commonly used as an addition to grazing leys due to its high protein content and its ability to fatten lambs. It is also a known anthelmintic species.
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.
Ribgrass is a very popular perennial forage herb which is commonly mixed with sheep's parsley, yarrow and burnet to increase diversity and lift trace elements from deep within the soil profile. It can be mixed with regular grassland species to increase grazing quality, and with deep roots it is also popular in mixtures for lighter land. It is also known as Plantain or narrow leaf plantain.
Sainfoin is extremely palatable to livestock and has very good nutritional balance. It can be grazed or fed as hay or silage. It suits the thin soils and limestone rich downlands found in some areas of the UK. Loosely translated sainfoin in French means 'Healthy Hay'.
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.