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Top 5 Grazing

Top 5 Grazing is ideally suited to rotational grazing or set stocking, but also offers opportunity for a heavy silage cut in late May or early June.

The dense leafy sward produced by Top 5 Grazing makes it the best selection for intensive animal production systems. Its yield and quality are retained in both grazing or cut-and-graze systems.

Kg/acre Variety Type Heading Date
2.0 Gracehill Perennial Ryegrass (T) 04 June
2.5 Ballintoy Perennial Ryegrass (T) 04 June
4.5 Drumbo Perennial Ryegrass 05 June
2.0 Ballyvoy Perennial Ryegrass 03 June
1.0 Coated White Clover
12.0

Optimum spread of heading dates within mixtures for grazing and cutting results in better performance of the leys. When cutting for silage, aim to cut 5-10 days before average heading date for optimum quality.

Benefits of Top 5 Grazing

• Suitable for all grazing stock (NB. unsuitable for horses)
• High palatability to drive dry matter intakes and animal performance
• Supreme grazing yield and quality
• Suitable for intensive grazing or cut-and-graze
• Excellent spring and autumn growth

Sowing rate        14 kg/acre (35 kg/ha)

Sowing Time      April – September

Sowing Depth    10 -15mm

Sowing Instructions      Cultivate to achieve a fine, firm seed bed. Ploughing will help level rough fields. Sow in good conditions (warm with rain forecast), no deeper than 10-15mm. 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 approx. 5-6 weeks after establishment, prior to first grazing. Where clover is included in the sown mixture, use a clover safe spray.

Grazing: Graze the new reseeds frequently and at low covers (<1200 kg DM/ha) to assist in tillering and help create a dense sward.

Uses      Dairy – Y

Cattle – Y

Sheep – Y

Silage – Y