Discover how to turn your grass into gold with this simple management advice
- 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
- Designed for yield and persistence, combining the yield of the grasses with additional protein from the Ensign Red clover blend
- 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
PROTEIN 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 CUT
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.
WHEN TO GRAZE
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 phytoestrogen can affect the breeding cycle and conception rates.