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 HERBAL

Mixture including perennial ryegrasses, white clover, plantain and chicory.

  • Includes perennial ryegrasses, white clover, plantain and chicory
  • Extends the shoulders of the grazing season whilst enhancing the yield and the quality of the sward

The deep rooting characteristics of the herbs and legumes in BAR HERBAL will enhance the mineral content of their companion grasses due to their ability to source nutrients from deep within the soil.

 

This will also help with soil structure and therefore increase water infiltration, resulting in extra grazing days when compared to conventional perennial ryegrass mixtures.

 

 

Composition
Variety
Species
1.75kg
Moira
Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass (DIP)
1.75kg
Gosford
Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass (DIP)
2.00kg
Seagoe
Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass (TET)
2.00kg
Callan
Late Perennial Ryegrass (DIP)
3.00kg
Ballintoy
Late Perennial Ryegrass (TET)
0.50kg
Comer
Timothy
1.00kg
Ensign
White Clover Blend
0.75kg
Commander
Chicory
1.00kg
Tonic
Plantain
Specifications
Sowing rate/acre
13.75kg/acre
Sowing rate/m²
2,363 seeds/m²
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.