PROTA SILE

High output, protein grass & clover silage

  • An intensive cutting mix that will produce up to four prolific cuts of leafy, high protein forage per year, with the option to graze cattle or finish lambs (although it's not advisable for breeding sheep due to phytoestrogen production).
  • Animals fed on red clover/grass silage will eat more and perform better than those fed on grass silage alone due to increased intakes and protein levels.

Key benefits

 

  • Combining the yield of the grasses with the additional protein from the clover blend
  • Contains BARCLAMP, with good persistency, excellent early spring growth of 112%, exceptional ground cover and the latest Heading Hybrid variety on SRUC Recommended List
  • This mixture 'fixes' up to 200kg/Ha of nitrogen, meaning it grows with no applications of bagged nitrogen
  • Trials have shown a 3% improvement in kill out percentage for lambs finished on red clover
  • The high clover content will benefit from a pH of 6 or more and close attention to P and K levels

 

When to sow

PROTA SILE will grow at soil temperatures of down to 5°C, enabling the growing season to be extended. Clover will germinate at 10°C.

 

When to utilise

Three cuts of high protein forage can be taken from this highly productive mixture. Both grass and clover heading dates have been matched to ensure a consistent, quality crop of silage.


Post-cutting grazing is ideal for finishing lambs or grazing young cattle. Breeding sheep should avoid all red clover sources for six weeks pre-tupping until six weeks after tupping as phytoestrogens can affect the breeding cycle and conception rates.

 

Cover crop

An ideal cover crop for arable rotations, helping to improve soil quality, organic matter and provide other benefits. Cover crops can bring agronomic and environmental benefits with the active growth, rooting, ground cover and habitat provision providing benefits in rotations over a bare fallow and helping to reduce nutrient losses via run-off and leaching. Cover crops can also benefit soil physical and biological characteristics, leading to benefits in soil structure, potentially reducing erosion.

 

Note

Red clover should be overwintered between 4-6cm

 

Composition
Variety
Species
2.00kg
Barclamp
Hybrid ryegrass Dip.
4.75kg
Kirial
Hybrid ryegrass Tetr.
4.00kg
Fintona
Perennial Ryegrass Inter Tetr.
3.00kg
Prota Red
Red clover blend
0.25kg
Barblanca
White Clover Large Leaf
Specifications
Sowing rate / acre
14kg/acre
Sowing rate/m²
1,381 seeds/m²
Sowing depth
Up to 10mm
Soil temperature
>5°C
Min. cutting height
8cm post cutting
Min. grazing height
6cm post grazing
Pack size
14kg
Expert advice

Red clover is high in phytoestrogen and all breeding sheep should be kept off for six weeks either side of tupping. Store lambs can be fattened very effectively on red clover silage aftermaths. Always maintain a soil pH of at least 6.0 and P & K indices of 2 for optimal clover content and health.

Red clover is high in phytoestrogen and all breeding sheep should be kept off for six weeks either side of tupping. Store lambs can be fattened very effectively on red clover silage aftermaths. Always maintain a soil pH of at least 6.0 and P & K indices of 2 for optimal clover...

Red clover is high in phytoestrogen and all breeding sheep should be kept off for six weeks either side of tupping. Store lambs can be fattened very effectively on red clover silage aftermaths. Always maintain a soil pH of at least 6.0 and P & K indices of 2 for optimal clover content and health.

Top Tips

Always maintain a soil pH of at least 6.0 and P & K indices of 2 for optimal clover content and health.

 

 

Always maintain a soil pH of at least 6.0 and P & K indices of 2 for optimal clover content and health.

 

 

Always maintain a soil pH of at least 6.0 and P & K indices of 2 for optimal clover content and health.