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EARLY TURNOUT, FASTER GROWTH, EARLIER RETURN

NZ Grasses

EARLY TURNOUT, FASTER GROWTH, EARLIER RETURN


NZ Grasses

Pearce Seeds have available New Zealand bred grasses that may be able to extend the grazing season of grassland.

European bred perennial ryegrass and Italian ryegrass start to grow in the spring when the soil temperatures have reached 7 and 8 degrees Celsius, but trials data indicates that growth from the New Zealand bred cultivars starts much earlier when the soil temperature is only 4 degrees C, this difference represents as much as 3 and 4 weeks with typical commercial farms being able to commence grazing in early March as opposed to April. The ability to grow in much lower soil temperatures can extend the grazing season even further into late autumn or early November.

The benefits of growing these New Zealand grasses are:

  •  Reduces feed and labour costs
  •  Grass growth later into autumn extends the grazing period
  •  Reduced time period to carry grass over the winter minimising dead material in the sward base
  •  Late winter growth allows cows out earlier to graze
  •  Better opportunity to control pasture quality across the whole farm in spring

However good grazing management is key when using these cool season active grasses and field selection is the key.

  •  Choose dryer fields to allow early grazing in spring
  •  Choose fields close to the parlour and housing facilities
  •  Choose areas visited regularly for effective pasture monitoring and management
  •  Only to a maximum of 20 % of your land should be sown with the New Zealand grasses
  •  Poaching, flooding and over grazing can reduce the life of any sward
  •  Shorter rounds in the early season
  •  Low residuals (4 cm) will aid in maintaining pasture quality
  •  Cutting for silage to control quality is also possible
  •  Extra grazing later in the autumn would be beneficial
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact your local area representative.  Pearce Seed supplies all grass seed from our central store and currently provides daily deliveries to Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Wiltshire and Hampshire.

Please contact us for more information:

Pearce Seeds LLP
Rosedown Farm
Marston Road
Sherborne
Dorset
DT9 4SX


Tel: 01935 811 400
Fax: 01935 816 800

Email: info@pearceseeds.co.uk