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- Provides three cuts of high quality forage
- Grass and clover heading dates have been matched to ensure consistent quality
- Combining the yield of the grasses with the additional protein from the clover blend
- PROTA RED 'fixes' up to 200kg/Ha of nitrogen, meaning it grows with reduced applications of bagged nitrogen
- Trials have shown a 3% improvement in kill out percentage for lambs finished on red clover
- Mixtures with high clover content benefit from a soil pH of 6 or more and close attention to P and K levels
- Breeding sheep should be kept off red clover sources for six weeks either side of tupping as phytoestrogens found in some varieties can affect breeding cycles and conception rates
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.
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.
Red clover should be overwintered between 4-6cm
Available as an organic mixture.