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New Entrants to Farming: Grassland Management (North East) Event Summary

6 February 2018

Paddy stressed the importance of good soil health for the successful establishment and performance of grass, clover and forage crops, with the most important factors highlighted below:

  • soil pH,
  • moisture ans soil temperature,
  • soil structure
  • nutrients (N,P,K and S)

In addition, Paddy talked through how important it is to select a grass seed mixture suited to your:

  • soil type (e.g. light/sandy vs heavy/clay soils)
  • use (silage/hay/grazing – short term ley with high bulk vs long term productive leys vs herb mixtures)
  • livestock type (sheep prefer shorter grass and are more selective feeders than cattle, cattle need deep rooting grasses to save them being ripped out of the soil and deer like herbs among their grassland)
  • sowing method (complete redeed, undersown with a cereal crop, oversown/stiched into an existing sward)

Overall it was a very informative meeting, with attendees picking up a large amount of information they can put into practice on their own farms.

Related Downloads
An Introduction To Grassland Management, Paddy Jack
Paddy Jack from DLF Seeds and Management gave an introduction to grassland management.
Technical Note (TN656): Soil Information, Texture & Liming Recommendations
• Web based access to information on your soils on your farm is described. • Soil texture classes of mineral soils are described and identified by hand texturing. • Liming recommendations for different soils and managements are tabulated.
Topics: Soils
Technical Note (TN643): Weed Management in Grassland
This technical note describes the most important weeds of grassland and their management. It is designed to be of value to low and high conventional input grassland systems, as well as potentially to organic systems.
Topics: Crops and Soils
Maximising The Performance of Grass Leys
This Practical Guide gives some tips to maintain long term production on grass leys.

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