Llama & Alpaca Paddock
Llamas and Alpacas have become more popular in the british countryside in recent years and we are increasingly asked to provide palatabale grazing mixtures which suit their specific needs. Due to their physiology and grazing habits Llamas and Alpacas tend to prefer lower growing, softer and leafier plants which are high in nutrition and fibre, but low in sugars. br>Ryegrasses are not used in this mixture as they can be too high in sugars and cause dietary issues. This mix contains a wide variety of palatable and nutritious grasses to provide a healthy and balanced diet without being too rich. Nutritious herbs can be added to this mixture, but they will limit herbicide options for weed control once sown. If overseeding existing pasture consider MIXEQOS.
|Contents per Acre||%||kg|
|certified SENU meadow fescue||25.0||3.500|
|certified Pizza cocksfoot||14.3||2.000|
|certified EVORA smooth stalked meadow grass||14.3||2.000|
|certified MAXIMA creeping red fescue||14.3||2.000|
|certified BELLEAIRE red/chewings fescue||11.4||1.600|
|certified COMER timothy||10.4||1.450|
|certified SWAJ tall fescue||3.6||0.500|
|certified BORNITO sheeps fescue||3.6||0.500|
|certified DASAS rough stalked meadowgrass||1.8||0.250|
|certified HIGHLAND common bentgrass||1.4||0.200|
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.
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.
Red Fescue / Chewings Fescue
Also known as chewings fescue, this is a fine leaved, tufted grass. It is distinguished from creeping red fescue by its absence of creeping rhizomes. It remains dark green throughout most of the season.
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.
The finest leaved and least aggressive fescue, it is found throughout the UK. It is hardy and drought resistant and will with-stand heavy grazing or close cutting, however it has a low forage yield. It is a useful species for providing a low growing, low maintenance green cover on difficult soils. It is one of the earlier fine fescues to flower in the spring.
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'.
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.
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.