Getting range management right is key to healthy and productive free-range birds and producers need to know the type of sward their hens prefer.
Mel Digger, ForFarmers seed product manager, said poultry farmers needed to look at 4 issues:
If the grass gets too tall, the carbon levels rise, and it becomes less digestible.
Speaking at the annual British Free Range Producers Association annual meeting, Digger ran through the type of grasses suitable for poultry paddocks.
Slow-growing perennial ryegrass should form the basis of the ley, but she added the sward should also include diploid ryegrass to boost palatability and smooth stalked meadow grass, which was hard-wearing.
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