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GFS COUNTRY PARKLAND MIX

Permanent Species Rich Parkland

Benefits

  • A species-rich traditional parkland/country estate mixture
  • Uses a wide range of species that can adapt to different climatic conditions
  • The Country Parkland Mix will thrive in drought and waterlogged soil conditions
  • Slow growing and low maintenance seed mixture
  • Periodical grazing or topping will improve the appearance
  • The slow growth rate makes it ideal for mixing with flowers (available separately, see page 63)
  • Species diversity ensures a visually attractive grass mixture
  • A diverse traditional soft/fine hay cut could be taken if required

£80.00

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Sowing Info

Sowing Rate 12.5 - 15

Suitability

Permanent pasture providing species rich grazing or soft hay

Contents

10% Small Catstail

20% Creeping Red Fescue

20% Sheeps Fescue

15% Slender Creeping Red Fescue

20% Chewings Fescue

5% Common Bent

5% Crested Dogstail

2% Sweet Vernal Grass

3% Meadow Foxtail

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GFS COCKLE PARK MIXTURE

The original general purpose grass seed mixture

Benefits

  • Developed in the 1900’s at Cockle Park, demonstrating the importance of white clover in pastures
  • Traditional general purpose seed mixture suitable for extensive production of hay, silage or grazing
  • Simple type of mixture using a robust range of grass and legume species
  • For use on a wide range of soil types and elevations
  • Demonstrates the unique compatibility and benefits of the species included when sown together
  • Significant tap roots break up hard pans and provide drought tolerance
  • Very productive late into the summer especially in drought conditions
  • Cocksfoot benefits from frequent grazing, also recovering rapidly after defoliation

£62.00

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Sowing Info

Sowing Rate 14

Suitability

Long Term general purpose mix for cutting or grazing

Contents

2.50kg Early Perennial Ryegrass

2.50kg Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass

2.75kg Late Perennial Ryegrass

1.50kg Timothy

2.50kg Cocksfoot

1.25kg Red Clover Blend

0.50kg Medium Leaved White Clover

0.50kg Wild White Clover

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MULTI-SPECIES

(Long-term herbal grazing ley)

Benefits

  • Suitable for all soil types, particularly productive in drier or drought conditions
  • Ideal for intensive rotational grazing of dairy cows, youngstock, and lamb finishing
  • Good full-season production
  • Will produce an extremely palatable and persistent sward
  • 1st cut will be taken followed by high-quality aftermath grazing (no chicory option)
  • Multi-species leys combine different plant types with complementary characteristics
  • These mixtures contain nitrogen-fixing legumes combined with nitrogen lifting grasses
  • Varying sward growth habits maximise light, moisture, and nutrient uptakes
  • Very effective at improving the soil profile with the deep rooting species
  • Enhanced production and livestock performance particularly in low input systems with reduced fertiliser
  • Improved nutritional potential from several sources of protein, energy, and minerals

£64.00

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Sowing Info

Sowing Rate 12.5 - 15

Suitability

Long term herbal grazing ley

Can be cut and followed with high quality aftermath grazing (no chicory option option available if cutting)

A bio-diversity multi-species herbal ley which will adapt and thrive in diverse locations and soil types.

Contents

2.00kg Fedoro Festulolium (Tet)

2.00kg Moira Intermediate (DIP)

2.00kg Aston King Late (DIP)

2.00kg Bijou Late (Tet)

1.50kg Climax Timothy

1.00kg Conartica Meadow Fescue

0.25kg Liflex White Clover (Legume)

0.25kg Gabby White Clover (Legume)

0.35kg Discovery Red Clover (Legume)

0.35kg Rozeta Red Clover (Legume)

0.50kg Puna II Chicory (Herb)

0.25kg Tonic Plantain (Herb)

2.00kg Rada Vetch (Legume)

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LUCERNE

Benefits

  • Lucerne is a high protein with high digestibility legume which is usually grown for cutting
  • Lucerne’s high protein makes it extremely useful as a complementary forage to grass and maize
  • It has a deep taproot system and is able to withstand severe drought
  • It is a productive plant with high nutritional value
  • Lucerne can be grown successfully on a wide range of fertile free-draining sites and soil types
  • Lucerne will not thrive in waterlogged soils, so the general advice is to avoid heavier land and cold wet soils
  • To minimise the threat of pests and diseases, a period of five years should be allowed in the rotation between Lucerne crops
  • Lucerne is a legume that leaves significant residual Nitrogen for following crops
  • Lucerne forage increases animal fibre intake
  • Don’t overgraze in the winter or drive on the crop in wet conditions to avoid damage to the crown
  • Will remain productive and thrive for 3 – 4 years

£75.00

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Sowing Info

Lucerne should be sown when soils are warm into a fine and firm seedbed to a depth of 0.5-1cm.

Spring sowing (from late April) tends to be more common with Lucerne as this ensures strong plants going into the first winter. Lucerne can be sown successfully up to the middle of August.

Cutting

Ensiling best practice to bale or clamp

  • Aim for a target dry matter of 30-40% for clamp silage and 50% for bales
  • Chop to 3-4cm and roll well in the clamp
  • For bales, wilt to 40-60% dry matter and ensure at least four layers of plastic to minimise the risk of stems piercing the wrap
  • Always use an additive as Lucerne is low in sugars and difficult to ferment, we recommended Biotal

Crop Info

Key points in Lucerne persistency:

  • Allow plants to flower once a year; this ensures storage of nutrients in the taproot to improve Winter hardiness and boost Spring growth
  • Cut when 10% of flowers are showing (early bud stage)
  • Aim for an optimum cutting height of 7cm to promote regrowth

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PERENNIAL CHICORY

Benefits

  • Outstanding animal performance
  • High mineral content, including zinc, potassium, and copper
  • Good tolerance to drought, acid soils and major pests
  • Rapid regrowth after grazing
  • Reduces the effect of internal parasites and does not cause bloat
  • Can deliver lamb growth rates of 300-400g/day
  • Provides high quality feed through the summer

£26.00

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Sowing Info

Sowing Rate 12.5 - 15
Overseeding Rate 10

Suitability

Pure stand, or in a mixed sward with grass and clover Medium – Long term rotationally.

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TONIC PLANTAIN

Benefits

  • It is highly productive and can produce improved live weight gain in livestock
  • Improved dry matter production and quality at key times of the year. Tonic plantain can produce over 15 tonnes of dry matter per ha per year
  • Tonic has a positive impact on animal performance by improving the supply of some trace elements
  • Ideally suited to intensive or rotational grazing systems, with rapid regrowth post grazing in dry summers

£15.00

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Sowing Info

Sowing Rate 12.5 - 15
Overseeding Rate 10

Suitability

Plantain suits a range of soil types and can be grown on its own or mixed with a grass and clover ley.

Crop Info

Tonic Plantain is a broad-leaved perennial herb with a fibrous root system that can produce a forage crop that can be fed to both cows and sheep.

As herbs, both Tonic Plantain and Puna II Chicory are ideal companions in multi-species swards along with other grasses and legumes

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