Complete re-seed method.

Ali_Maxxum

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Location
Chepstow, Wales
Next week we've a 3 acre field to completely re-seed back to grass. Current sward is very old and tired, full of weeds and moss, very little actual grass. It's not a big patch I know but it provides my customers winter feed for their highland cattle (or at least it used to, hence the need to re-seed).

Plan to use a long-term ley mix from Countrywide as it's the only place I can get enough for just 3 acres. Preferred place has a minimum order of 8 acres.

Our current plan of attack is this;

Plough
Spread lime
Power harrow
Harrow (Ritchie chain/spike harrow with level bars)
Broadcast seed
Lightly harrow
Roll

This may seem very obvious but just doing a bit of research some people say to roll after the plough, roll 2 different ways at the end or forget the power harrow altogether.... Any opinions/ideas appreciated.
 

milkloss

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Livestock Farmer
Location
East Sussex
Depends on the ground but we do usually roll after the plough to help smash it down and possibly conserve some moisture if we can't get back to it in good time. Seems to help level it out too.
 

Ali_Maxxum

Member
Location
Chepstow, Wales
Have you taken soil samples yet? Need to check ph P and K levels
You will probably need to roll before sowing seed
I'm not a fan of power harrowing, I like spring tine with a good packer on the back
Yes soil tested and is acid as we expected. We'll see how it turns over. The ground hasn't been ploughed in probably at least 20years so figured power harrowing should get it back to something nice to work with.
 

Ali_Maxxum

Member
Location
Chepstow, Wales
That's one plan of attack that will work.

Minimum one bag order here. ;)

What was your preferred mix, I'm being nosy now. :whistle:
Something long term, hardy, suitable for cattle grazing but also suitable for taking haylage. Current sward is a more traditional 'hay meadow' type with quite a lot of ribwort plantain (fire leaf).
 

Deere 6430

Member
Cotswold grass seeds will mix any amount no matter how little and they have free delivery next day so would be worth asking for a really good mix which is ideal for what you want to do.
 

Dry Rot

Member
Livestock Farmer
Add roll, roll, roll, to your list! Can never get a firm enough seed bed for grass. The old boys would say you should be able to ride a bicycle over it without leaving a mark. The best way is to go round and round with the tractor laying one wheel track next to the last -- if you can stay awake!
 

JD-Kid

Member
if acid do a fodder crop then perm reseed the following year it's only 3 acres but not worth wasteing money if Ph is low
if it's acid put lime on frist plow it under power harrow it a bit more lime harrow it it roll spread then roll will work

if doing fodder crop lime plow power harrow spread seed harrow roll
 
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Could a ‘Meat Tax’ be on the cards in the UK?

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The latest machination coming from the so-called ‘opinion formers’, who seem to have the ear of government advisors in London, is the introduction of a ‘Meat Tax’ at consumer level.

This approach, it is argued, would have the combined impact of reducing meat consumption levels (I can really see the health benefits coming through now), while also helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of production agriculture.

What absolute drivel! In my opinion, none of this makes sense at any level. This is a scurrilous and unfounded attack on livestock farming in this part of the world.

Yet, it has to be taken seriously. I make this point because economists at Rothamsted Research have already crunched the numbers where the introduction of a ‘UK...
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