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Selecting the correct seed mix for grazing

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Different species of grass and varieties have a large impact on the success of a grazing system. Characteristics such as total yield and timing of growth should be reviewed carefully and the final decision should suit your system effectively.

Grass seed mix

We highly recommend using the grass and clover list to review information on yield, feed quality, disease, seasonal growth patterns and persistence, which can all be reviewed when selecting the correct seed mix.

The initial time, effort and cost will be rewarded in the long term. Read our Forage Specialist's top tips on how to select the correct seed mix for your farm.

Rye grass

Using a mix with less than 2kg of each rye grass variety is not advisable. Trying to cover all eventualities will result in a grass mix being too general. With most seed being sown at 14kg / acre you need at the most seven rye grass varieties.

Inspect your paddocks

Walking the paddocks and reviewing yield, ground cover and weed content will assess potential performance. Those lower in yields may not be due to current conditions but a review of fertiliser regime and soil testing may be required. If it is a new ley soil health can affect how well it has established and a good seed bed would be vital for long term performance.

Growth patterns

Using a selection of varieties with differing growth patterns through the year as well as drought tolerance and disease resistance all need to be considered. Yield and quality need to be focused on, but some varieties may be lower yielding but have a better disease resistance.

Using timothy will give some early spring growth and festuloliums will be useful in stress conditions especially in dry conditions. Selecting diploid grasses will keep a dense sward. If a sward opens up and allows weeds to establish, it will become less dense and be unable to carry livestock traffic.

Hipast Tall Fescue Plus

Tall fescue

Hipast Tall Fescue Plus grass is incorporated into ForFarmers grazing leys to improve grazing yield, persistency and stress tolerance. Plus grasses can withstand colder winters, drought and disease. They have very early spring growth and better persistency than their ryegrass parent lines.

  • Suitable to be included in all leys but especially grazing due to its diploid characteristics
  • Complements perennial and Hybrid Ryegrasses along with lucerne or red clover
  • Tall Fescue Plus increases the persistency of a mixture as they are able to tolerate challenging and stressful conditions
  • Deeper rooting system which means a greater tolerance to dry conditions

For more information

For more details about selecting the correct seed mix for grazing, please contact your local Account Manager or contact our specialist forage team here.

To find out about our range of TOPGRASS seed mixes click here.