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Top 5 Silage

Top 5 Silage is a superior quality silage mixture. Designed for livestock farmers aiming for one or two high quality heavy silage cuts with the best possible aftermath grazing. First cut will be late May with the option of a second cut approximately 6 weeks later, or alternatively commence grazing. The varieties in Top 5 Silage are specifically selected for their exceptional quality to help maximise the feed value of your silage crop without compromising on yield.

Kg/acre Variety Type Heading date
2.5 AberClyde Perennial Ryegrass (T) 25 May
2.0 Dunluce Perennial Ryegrass (T) 29 May
3.0 AberWolf Perennial Ryegrass 29 May
4.0 AberGreen Perennial Ryegrass 31 May
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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.

Key benefits in summary

  • Contains top varieties on Teagasc PPI for silage sub-indices
  • Balanced to optimise both first and second cut silage yields
  • Varieties selected for their quality and WSC characteristics
  • High seasonal growth for early spring or late autumn grazing
  • Clover can be included on request

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