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- HIGH D is a better option than sowing a single Italian ryegrass variety
- It will provide massive amounts of clean, quality forage throughout the year without any loss of production mid-season
- HIGH D grows down to 4°C soil temperature extending the growing season for store lambs or wintering sheep
- Responds very positively to high levels of fertility and will produce 20% more yield than perennial ryegrass leys.
When to sow
Grows at temperatures as low as 4°C so the farm must be able to make use of this early growth.
When to cut & graze
Depending on how it is managed High D Italian can be ready for
a first cut at the end of April / early May. If grazed hard over winter and early spring this can be set back to mid May. It will produce 70+ D value silage, if cut at the optimum growth stage for quality (25% ear emergence). The ultimate silage mixture which will yield up to 20t DM/ha in its first year under high input management. For maximum production up to six cuts a year under high N systems. Early grazing for turnout of ewes and lambs or finishing long keep store lambs.
- Grass crops can be grown specifically for biogas production in anaerobic digestion (AD), for stabilising or supplementing other feed stocks such as low yielding slurries or variable quality food waste. Grass crops can be incorporated effectively into existing crop rotations and won’t impact on food production as they can be grown on lower fertility soils and on land which is not suitable for the production of food crops.
- Grass Silage yields 160-200 M3/tonne of biogas at 28% DM
- Enables efficient utilisation of digestate
- Lower environmental impact
- Ability to sequester carbon into the root matrix
- Improves soil health and structure
- Reduced soil erosion and nutrient leaching
- Lower production costs
Mixture content: SCOTLAND
In Scotland, the mixture consists of:
7kg Javorio (Italian Ryegrass Dip.)
7kg Gemini (Italian Ryegrass Tetr.)