Barenbrug Grass & Herbal Leys

Blends to boost biodiversity. As well as breeding and trialing grass, forage & herbal ley varieties, we create and trial biodiversity mixtures at our trial site, Cropvale, looking to find the next generation of multi-species leys.


The aim of our biodiversity trials is to come up with an optimum blend of legumes, root crops, herbs and grasses, which will be suitable for a wide range of farms throughout the UK. With blends that will produce large volumes of high quality forage, for livestock farmers to increase meat and milk yields, and blends to enhance farm biodiversity. Including legumes in a biodiversity blend is one way to achieve this. Legumes have great nitrogen (N) fixing potential, which means less artificial nitrogen needs to be added to the soil to grow the crops. Deep-rooted species are also employed to improve soil structure while flowering species are utilised to help pollinating insects do their job. Due to the nature of the species involved, weed control in our biodiversity trials is very limited so we score the plots for their natural weed suppression abilities, which will add to the persistency and quality of a mixture in the field. The following are our top performing herbal ley mixtures. View our forage mixtures or wildflower mixutres.

 

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BARMIX

Low input, high output for beef & sheep

A highly successful, persistent, drought tolerant, protein-rich sward for beef and sheep production from a clover-based sward.

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BAR GS4

An excellent GS4 bio-diversity ley

A true GS4 multispecies legume, grass, wildflower and herb rich sward for increased biodiversity, soil health and water infiltration.

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BAR HERBAL

Mixture including perennial ryegrasses, white clover, plantain and chicory.

A multi-species sward for grass & herbal leys. The deep rooting characteristics of the herbs and legumes will enhance the mineral content of their companion grasses due to their ability to source nutrients from deep within the soil.

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BAR FINISHER

Mix of chicory, white clover, red clover and plantain

A blend of herb, clover and plantain designed specifically for grazing all classes of livestock and can be used as an addition to grazing swards.

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PROTA SILE

High output, protein grass & clover silage

An excellent low input, hight output, high protein grass and clover cutting ley for three to four years, with the option to graze.

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PROTA WHITE

White Clover Blend

PROTA WHITE is a blend of white clovers, which gives better animal performance, higher milk yields and better live weight gains.

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PROTA RED

Red Clover Blend

PROTA RED is a blend of red clovers which balances production through the growing season, while maintaining excellent persistency and disease resistance.

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PROTA DUET

Red and White Clover Blend

PROTA DUET is a unique mixture of red and white clovers, developed to meet the need for rapid nitrogen fixation to feed new leys.

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PROTA PLUS

Grass & clover rich protein blend

PROTA PLUS is an exceptionally versatile mixture of clover and grass which can provide a number of benefits. It is an ideal break crop in any arable rotation or an exciting alternative to brassicas in livestock systems.

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Plantain - Tonic

Boost summer milk production & finish lambs

Suited to many soil types. Can increase daily intakes during the summer.

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Vetch - Barvicos

Delivers rapid soil coverage, highly productive and rich in protein

This vetch has vigorous growth and winter-hardy. It will establish and grow well on most soil types.

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Lucerne - Artémis

A highly nutritious forage for livestock

LUCERNE combines good digestibility with high protein providing excellent milk yields or daily live weight gains.

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Plantain - Tonic

Boost summer milk production & finish lambs

Suited to many soil types. Can increase daily intakes during the summer.

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Chicory - Commander

A true perennial chicory that lasts more than one year

A mineral rich herb with long taproot capability, aiding drainage and crop root development, making an ideal cover crop.

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