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Top 5 Silage

Top 5 Silage is a specialist grass mixture created specifically for the production of a superior quality silage with first cut in late May.

If you are looking for a first cut in late May, Top 5 Silage is ideal, while also offering a second cut about six weeks later. Alternatively, Top 5 Silage gives high-quality aftermath grazing.

Kg/acre Variety Type Heading date
3.0 AberClyde Perennial Ryegrass (T) 25 May
2.5 AberMagic Perennial Ryegrass 28May
2.5 Dunluce Perennial Ryegrass (T) 29 May
4.0 AberWolf Perennial Ryegrass 30 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.

Benefits of Top 5 Silage

• Produces high-quality silage without compromising yield
• Mixture contains top PPI ryegrass varieties
• Optimum heading date range enables high-quality first cut silage late May
• Excellent spring and autumn growth
• Available with white clover

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