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Why Choose GREENACRES Mixtures

Green Acres are the best performing mixtures on the market as can be testified by our many very happy customers over the years. In formulating our mixtures we take into account the on-going feedback which we receive from top grassland farmers and the latest grazing studies & research conducted by Teagasc Moorepark.

Quality is Guaranteed. Blended at our seed assembly plant in Drogheda, all our seeds are fully certified for germination and purity by the Department of Agriculture. The Green Acres name has always been synonymous with top quality seeds that have good vigor and persistently provide a top rate sward.

 

PRINCIPAL CONSIDERATIONS IN FORMULATING OUR MIXTURES:

Yield Nutritive Value/Digestibility Growth at the shoulders of the season (early spring & late autumn) Persistence & Sward Density Palatability

NB. If a variety becomes unavailable we will replace it with the next best proven variety.

SELECTING THE MOST SUITABLE GRASS VARIETIES Green Acres mixtures only contain those varieties which have been tried and tested under Irish conditions and appear on at least one of the following recommended lists: Ireland (I), Northern Ireland (NI), UK & Scotland (S).

TEAGASC - PASTURE PROFIT INDEX (PPI).

For the first time, the Department of Agriculture list of Recommended Grass Varieties includes the Teagasc Pasture Profit Index (PPI). This index ranks ryegrass varieties based on their potential to influence farm profitability. • Each variety tested is assigned its PPI based on traits of economic importance for a grass based dairy farm & is applicable with good grassland management practices. • Those traits of importance are spring, summer & autumn growth, quality, silage yields & persistency. • Used in conjunction with the DAFM recommended list, the PPI is designed to assist grassland farmers in selecting those varieties most suitable for their particular enterprise.

THE NEED FOR A RESEED

It makes economic sense! Grass is the cheapest feed source on Irish livestock farms. Swards will be more productive and of a higher quality. New swards can carry higher stocking rates, allow higher animal output & are more nutrient responsive. New varieties allow for an extended grazing season.

*The potential to produce between 12 & 16 ton DM/ha grass DM over a long growing season is a major competitive advantage for Irish livestock farmers.

1. Identify those fields for reseeding based on content of weed grasses and overall paddock performance. 2. Spray off the old sward with glyphosate. 3. Address any drainage issues, do a soil test & apply necessary lime, N, P & K. 4. Select the most suitable grass seed mixture using the best varieties available. 5. Decide on method of reseeding & prepare a fine, firm seed bed sowing into warm moist conditions. 6. Roll well. 7. Monitor for slugs & other pests. 8. Apply post-emergence weed control.

White Clover in Grass Swards – Benefits:

• Increased herbage production. Teagasc research has shown that by including white clover in grass swards which are receiving up to 250kg N/ha, herbage production can increase by over 1 t DM/ha. • In the mid-season & autumn, when grass quality naturally starts to decline, clover is likely to increase sward quality which can increase milk solids production. • Clover is suitable for use on all livestock systems for both grazing & silage and it can persist for at least 4 years at a desirable level.

NITROBOOST – Green Acres blend of proven medium & large leaf naked clovers available in a handy 5kg bucket. Suitable for overseeding into a grass sward.

Red Clover Due to its tall growth habit & deep roots, Red Clover is a very suitable companion to grass in a silage sward. Highly digestible & rich in protein (Crude protein 15-20%), this legume will produce a top quality, palatable forage that will lead to high intakes.

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