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 FINISHER

Mix of chicory, white clover, red clover and plantain

  • Highly palatable, providing excellent feed for high live weight gains
  • Provides high quality feed through summer that recovers quickly after grazing
  • High protein option for dairy farmers
  • Clover provides fixed nitrogen
  • High mineral content, particularly zinc, potassium and copper
  • BAR FINISHER can be used to add to any standard BarForage grass seed mixture

BAR FINISHER is a mix of chicory, white clover, red clover and plantain with excellent animal performance potential. It produces a leafy, high quality feed over spring, summer and autumn when traditional pastures can decrease in quality.

 

BAR FINISHER can be used as a six month or two year crop depending on the farm system and/ or grazing management approach. The clover in the mixture will provide nitrogen to feed the crop, and will also ll any space not occupied by herbs. The red clover component, alongside the herbs, will provide a high quality feed through a dry season, helping to reduce risk in summer dry areas.

 

Utilisation: Graze in situ

Sowing period: Spring & autumn

Utilisation period: Spring, Summer & Autumn

 

 

Pack size: Available in pack sizes of 10kg (2 acres)

Composition
Variety
Species
1.50kg
Ensign Red
Red clover blend
1.00kg
Ensign
White clover blend
1.50kg
Tonic
Plantain
1.00kg
Commander
Chicory
Specifications
Sowing rate
5kg/acre
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.