New long term ley seed mix

Jerry

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
Got a field that’s been grass since I was born that needs a fessed this autumn.

Over summer it was sprayed of and redstart rape drilled to give it a break. Been grazed off once and will have a few more ewe lambs run over it again as a bit of regrow that showing and with today’s rain it should put on more fur a bonus feed.

Time to decide on a grass mix for it. I want something that will stand a dry summer that we often get. Light Sandy soil. North west facing in the main.

But everything seems to have cocksfoot in it. My experience of that is it’s horribly unpalatable at best.

Area will be both grazed and cut. Want something that gets going early in season.

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neilo

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
The modern varieties of Cocksfoot are supposed to be more palatable and less prone to 'clumpiness'. I put a field of Barmix in last Autumn which has fat lambs in at the moment (after 2 cuts taken), and it shows no sign of being unpalatable or clumpy as yet. Visually it doesn't look any different to a decent ryegrass ley tbh, albeit one with a lot of clover in it.

It's not a droughty field, far from it, but I chose it as I thought it would maybe stand traffic better when we are allowed to have the local show there again. Not been disappointed with the performance, and would have thought it would be ideal on drought prone land, having a lot of Cocksfoot and tall fescue, and grows when it's cold.

There's a Barenbrug supplier down in your part of the world, if I could only remember who it was...
 

Jerry

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
The modern varieties of Cocksfoot are supposed to be more palatable and less prone to 'clumpiness'. I put a field of Barmix in last Autumn which has fat lambs in at the moment (after 2 cuts taken), and it shows no sign of being unpalatable or clumpy as yet. Visually it doesn't look any different to a decent ryegrass ley tbh, albeit one with a lot of clover in it.

It's not a droughty field, far from it, but I chose it as I thought it would maybe stand traffic better when we are allowed to have the local show there again. Not been disappointed with the performance, and would have thought it would be ideal on drought prone land, having a lot of Cocksfoot and tall fescue, and grows when it's cold.

There's a Barenbrug supplier down in your part of the world, if I could only remember who it was...

I’m waiting to see if bait is taken…,🎣
 

yellowbelly

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
N.Lincs
Been very pleased with this.....
Does well here on very light, drought prone land and on our better soils too.
 

Bob

Member
Location
Co Durham
Been very pleased with this.....
Does well here on very light, drought prone land and on our better soils too.
Expensive that isn’t it??
 
Location
Ceredigion
I see it says £69/ac on that link. Last we bought was £57 (had to get the catalogue out to see what mix we had and I'd written it in the margin).
This is the one I sell most of which I think is better and slightly cheaper ,with or without Clover
30% TODDINGTON Late Perennial Ryegrass
20% EVOCATIVE Late Perennial Ryegrass
16% ASPECT Late Perennial Ryegrass
10% HURRICANE Late Perennial Ryegrass
6% ERECTA Timothy

This one would be earlier and cut better
I would add Timothy and Clover if needed
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3.25 kg ASTONCONQUEROR Perennial Ryegrass Int Dip
3.50 kg MEIDUNO Perennial Ryegrass Int Dip
1.75 kg NIFTY Perennial Ryegrass Late Dip

1.50 kg ASTONKING Perennial Ryegrass Late Dip
4.00 kg ASPECT Perennial Ryegrass Late Tet
14.00 kg per acre
 

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

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In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...
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