This red clover silage mixture is ideal for increasing protein production on-farm, reducing your bought-in feed requirement.
Aim for a first cut between red clover’s early flower bud and 50% flowering stage, with subsequent cuts at five to six weekly intervals. The sward also provides excellent aftermath grazing for finishing lambs.
Benefits of Red Clover Intensive Silage
- Improved protein content of silage
- Reduces the need for artificial nitrogen
- Outstanding grazing yield and quality
- Suitable for aftermath grazing, but avoid overgrazing
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Sowing rate: 14 kg/acre (35 kg/ha)
Sowing time: April-August
Sowing depth: 10-15 mm
Sowing instructions: Cultivate to achieve a fine, firm seedbed. Ploughing will help level rough fields. Sow in good conditions (warm with rain forecast), no deeper than 10-15 mm. Roll well after sowing to ensure good soil/ seed contact. Apply N, P & K as per soil test results and nitrates rules.
After sowing, monitor for pest attack and take immediate action where necessary. Post-emergence weed spray is essential approximately 5-6 weeks after establishment, use a clover safe spray.
Ideally, take a light cut in the sowing year to aid tillering and help increase the sward density. Subsequently, take three to four high-quality silage cuts from early May. Graze lightly in the backend to ensure a clean sward is carried into the winter. Avoid grazing in wet weather to minimise the risk of poaching.