New herbal ley mixture for improved soil health

New herbal ley mixture for improved soil health

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A new herbal mixture is being launched to the market to meet the growing need to improve soil health on farms.

The herbal mixture has been formulated by seed and grain specialist, Cope Seeds, which, in addition to Hybrid and Perennial Ryegrass, also includes Cocksfoot, Timothy, Meadow Fescue, a range of legumes including Red and White Clover, Alsike, Sweet Clover and Birdsfoot Trefoil plus Sheeps Parsley, Burnet, Plantain, Chicory and Yarrow.

Since Defras 25-year environmental plan was released, many farmers are reintroducing grass leys into arable rotations in a bid to improve soil health and were adding another option to their armoury, says Simon Travers, grass and small seeds manager at Cope Seeds.

This diverse mixture is formulated to produce a sward ideal for grazing or cutting, but the additional benefits to soil structure, nitrogen fixation and mineral and protein content are well documented. Many of the herbs have strong root systems and can help to store carbon deep down in the soil as well as naturally helping to break up soil compaction, says Simon.

Simon explains that as well as helping to improve soil structure, herbs draw up essential vitamins and minerals for ruminant animals. For example, Plantain is a good source of Calcium, Sodium and Copper. Animal health is supported by the anti-worming nature of several herbaceous flowering plants and Chicory1 has been proven to reduce faecal egg counts in lambs and could reduce the use of Anthelmintics.

This mixture is available in both organic (70% organic inclusion) and non-organic forms from Cope Seeds, which also offers an extensive range of organic and conventional grass seed.

You can read this update from Cope Seeds on TFF's AGVendor...
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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