Overseeding with pest resistant herbs/ legumes?

crashbox

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Livestock Farmer
Got some old (ryegrass once upon a time) pasture, can't rip it up and use a break crop as already taken a chunk of the grazing platform out of production for break crops and full reseed.

Are there any species of herbs/legumes resistant to the common grassland pests (frit fly, wire worm, leather jackets, etc.)?

E.g. overseed brassica, plantain, chicory, red/white clovers, into the existing sward?

Already tried overseeding grass and it failed... (direct drilled in September).

It is for grazing dairy cows.
 

Great In Grass

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Location
Cornwall.
Got some old (ryegrass once upon a time) pasture, can't rip it up and use a break crop as already taken a chunk of the grazing platform out of production for break crops and full reseed.

Are there any species of herbs/legumes resistant to the common grassland pests (frit fly, wire worm, leather jackets, etc.)?

E.g. overseed brassica, plantain, chicory, red/white clovers, into the existing sward?

Already tried overseeding grass and it failed... (direct drilled in September).

It is for grazing dairy cows.
If the grass overseed failed then legumes and herbs will fail (they mostly do).
 

crashbox

Member
Livestock Farmer
Was it early September or late and where are you ?
How bare when you drilled ?
South coast, mid Sept, didn't get any rain for a long while. Grass not super tight, perhaps it is best to run a mower over it before drilling.
I've had 3 attempts at overseeding grasses into existing established grass, and none have ever worked... :unsure:
 

Treg

Member
Location
Cornwall
Will he have anything but docks to graze in a couple of years? :scratchhead:
It wasn't quite the video of him I was after, in another video he has a covered bucket of seed in each field and takes a hand full and spreads it each time he sees the cows.
He's only a few miles away from me & I only hear good things about the way he farms...unusual for someone doing things differently.
He also makes very good cheese ,Cornish Yarg.
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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