Maximum D-Value Four-Five Year Silage Ley
Maximum feed value can only be obtained from well made, high D-value silage. This ley will provide optimum D-value and yield during the third week of May. Yields are boosted by utilising hybrid ryegrass. This quality ley will also provide good summer and late season grazing.
|Contents per Acre||%||kg|
|cerified ABERCLYDE tetraploid perennial ryegass||42.9||6.000|
|certified Boyne perennial ryegrass||28.6||4.000|
|certified AberEdge hybrid ryegrass||14.3||2.000|
|certified ABEREVE tet. hybrid ryegrass||14.3||2.000|
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.
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.