Barenbrug Herbal Leys

Blends to boost biodiversity
As well as breeding and trialing grass varieties, we create and trial biodiversity mixtures at our trial site, Cropvale, looking to find the next generation of ‘herbal ley’.


The aim of our biodiversity trials is to come up with an optimum blend of legumes, 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. 

BAR GS4 GRAZE (SCOT)

Long-term herbal grazing ley

  • A bio-diversity multi-species herbal ley which will adapt and thrive in diverse locations and soil types
  • This diverse mixture has been proven to provide a hardy very long grazing season for ruminants this coupled with multi legume species to fix nutrients to sustain year-long production
  • BAR GS4 GRAZE comprises of 15 different species including 5 grasses, 5 legumes and 5 herbs’ all of which bring a range of benefits to the biodiversity ley

 

  • A bio-diversity multi-species herbal ley which will adapt and thrive in diverse locations and soil types
  • This diverse mixture has been proven to provide a hardy very long grazing season for ruminants this coupled with multi legume species to fix nutrients to sustain year-long production
  • Using the flowering species in this mixture alongside the all diploid grass constituents, vital beneficial pollinators can feed and gain shelter 
  • These species with deep penetrating roots will improve soil structure and they have the ability to make the best use of the available soil nutrients - all available moisture & minerals -  helping with animal health and reducing the need for bought-in nutrients

 

 

2.00kg     Tall Fescue

2.00kg     Meadow Fescue

2.00kg     Smooth Leaved Cocksfoot

1.00kg     Timothy 

2.00kg     Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass (DIP) 

2.00kg     Late Perennial Ryegrass (DIP) 

0.20kg     Large Leaf White Clover (Legume)

0.25kg     Medium Leaf White Clover (Legume)

0.20kg     Small Leaf White Clover (Legume)

0.66kg     Red Clover (Legume)

0.10kg     Sanfoin (Legume)

0.10kg     Birdsfoot Trefoil (Legume)

1.00kg     Vetch (Legume) 

0.25kg     Chicory (Perennial) (Herb) 

0.05kg     Ribwort (Plantain) (Herb) 

0.03kg     Yarrow (Herb) 

0.05kg     Sheeps Parsley (Herb) 

0.11kg     Salad Burnet (Herb) 

 

 

 

 

 

Specifications
Sowing rate per acre
14kg
Sowing rate per acre
14kg
Diverse range

Discover our range of mixtures for environmental, bio-diversity, game cover and stewardship schemes.

 

 

Discover our range of mixtures for environmental, bio-diversity, game cover and stewardship schemes.

 

 

Discover our range of mixtures for environmental, bio-diversity, game cover and stewardship schemes.