Grass Seed Mixtures

Howard Farms supply an extensive range of grass seed mixtures for intensive dairy farms and drystock farms. We source our grass seeds from different suppliers to ensure our mixtures are suitable for our customers. Our premium mixtures contain some of the best grass varieties on the Irish recommended list with PPI indices up to 174.

We recognise the unique way in which Irish grassland is utilised as well as making up the most cost-effective part of rumen diets is the basis of our products. We take pride in how our products perform on farm and it is the on-farm performance that is the key driver in the growth.

Our Stockman’s Edge grass mixtures have been developed over time to ensure a quality sward is produced. Grass breeding is a slow game, but changes are always afoot, in the development of Stockman’s Edge we partnered up with Agway Milling and DLF Ireland to include varieties being developed at their research site in Ireland in our efforts to continuously improve our offering to farmers.

When formulating our grass mixtures for the right balance of not only yield and quality but also to ensure the best utilisation by the rumen we look at all the data available to us from both the breeder and state recommended lists. The most efficient way to test and separate candidate varieties at trial level is to use a haldrup harvester which is essentially a mini combine harvester for the plots. However, we also recognise that this method of selection will not validate the animal palatability or achievable actual grazing residual of varieties. To evaluate this, DLF started a grass partner program four years ago to assess varieties at farm level. It was immediately obvious that clear differences existed between varieties with varieties like Xenon and Aspect consistently delivering very low residuals and high utilisation rates pointing towards very high palatability.

Teagasc Moorepark took this a step further sowing down all the recommended varieties back in 2016. This year the results of this study are represented by a star system on the 2021 Pasture Profit Index (PPI) with 5 stars being awarded to varieties with only the best grazing utilisation. DLF are the only breeder with two 5-star varieties on the list which backed-up our findings at farm level.

Benefits of our Stockman’s Edge range include:

  • TOP GRAZING UTILISATION

DLF Xenon is the top performing variety in Teagasc grazing trials. Xenon is the first NxtGen tetraploid brought to the Irish market. NxtGen varieties have a slender leaf and dense growth habit not associated with traditional tetraploids, combining the grazing ability and quality associated with tetraploids with the dense slender leaf associated with diploids.

DLF Aspect – Second to only Xenon in the Teagasc grazing trials. Aspect has a very high leaf to stem ratio ensuring quality in the leaf throughout the grazing season.

  • NEXT GENERATION

DLF Nashota is the second NxtGen variety to the Irish market and ranks up the top of the PPI (€200)– A new variety still waiting for the grazing score on the index but being a sister type to Xenon will be a top grazing variety. The perfect complement to Xenon in a grazing mix providing early spring growth and high quality.

  • ULTRA LATE HEADING

DLF Bowie new to the 2021 PPI. Bowie is exceptional in it is an Ultra late heading diploid (16th June). Bowie is a leap forward in terms of Diploid quality for giving a very high-quality score on the 2021 PPI.

 

Our Advice

Paddocks with poor production and weed grasses, need reseeding to rejuvenate the pasture. Grazing and silage fields need reseeding on average every 7 – 10 years. Our selection of grass seeds mixtures is designed to deliver persistency and quality. All grass varieties in the Howard Farms premium range are listed on the Department of Agriculture Recommended list and ranked on the Teagasc Pasture Profit Index (PPI). Our Eco range contains varieties tested both in Ireland and the UK.

Grazing Mixture

HOWARD FARMS NO.1 INTENSIVE GRAZING MIXTURES ClassificationHeading DatePasture Profit Index 2020
AberGreen(D)Intermediate31st May145
Abergain (T)Late4th June192
Abermagic (D)Intermediate28th May187
Aston Energy (T)Late1st June124
Crusader CloverMedium
Total/Acre Bag 12KgsAverage PP1161

 

A leafy, highly productive grazing mixture combining the highest yielding leafy grasses; giving quality pastures and excellent graze out. Four premium grass varieties from among the top performing Irish tested grasses, in terms of yield and quality. This mix has a superior PPI index of 169. The mix contains Intermediate and Late heading grass varieties. 42% tetraploids, 50% diploids and 8% clover make up the mixture. The mixture is designed for well managed rotational grazing systems and is capable of delivering 15 tonne of DM per Ha.

 

AG50 HEAVY SOILS/RECLAMATION MIXTURES ClassificationHeading DateRelative Yield 2020
Toddington (D)Late2nd June95
Timing (D)Late5th June98
Glenstal (T)Intermediate22nd May102
Kintyre (T)Late8th June110
Comer TimothyLate 8th June103
Clover BlendMedium
Total/Acre Bag11.5Kgs

 

This versatile mixture combines two late diploids with an intermediate diploid and a tetraploid perennial. Timothy and a blend of 4 different clovers complete the mixture. This mixture gives outstanding persistency, ground cover and yields. Ideal grazing grass on farms with difficult soils and later turn out to grass. A compact heading date in early June makes this mixture a very economical option for cutting as well as grazing.

Other grazing mixtures like High Clover, Mixed Species, Sheep and Equine available to order.

Silage Mixtures

HOWARDS FARMS NO.1 INTENSIVE SILAGE MIX

 

ClassificationHeading DatePasture Profit Index 2020
DunluceIntermediate29th May148
Aberclyde (T)Intermediate25th May205
Aberwolf (D)Intermediate30th May169
Abermagic (D)Intermediate28th May187
Crusader CloverMediumAverage PP1174
Total/Acre Bag 12Kgs

 

This premium silage mixture combines four grass varieties from among the top performing Irish tested silage grasses, for yield and quality. The average PPI index of the mix is an outstanding 174. The mix contains Intermediate grass varieties with compact heading dates around the end of May. 42% tetraploids, 53% diploids along with 5% clover make up the mixture. The leafy nature of the grasses in the mix will ensure you have the best opportunity of making high quality, high DMD silage.

 

AG10 CUT & GRAZE ClassificationHeading DateRelative yield 2020
Boyne (D)Intermediate20th May102
Timing (D)Late5th June98
Toddington (D)Late2nd June95
Alfonso (T)Late1st June100
Clover BlendMedium
Total/Acre Bag 11.5Kgs

 

Three late diploids and one intermediate tetraploid with a blend of 4 different clovers, gives a 70 % diploid mixture for persistency and high yields. Ideal silage and grazing grass on drystock farms and on dairy farms with longer rotations and later silage making. Excellent ground cover scores and a compact heading date in early June makes this mixture a very economical option for cutting high yields and quality grazing.

Other cutting mixtures like, Hybrid ryegrass, Italian ryegrass, coated seed mixtures and red clover are available to order.

Heavy Soils Mixture

A persistent mixture for difficult soils returning high yields of grass

VarietyHeading DateTypeQuantity (kg)
Majestic (D)June 6thLate Diploid3
Oakpark (D)June 2ndLate Diploid3.5
Glenroyal (D)Late Diploid3
TimothyDigestible Grass1.5
Crusader White Clover1
12

 

This mixture is suitable for reclaimed land following drainage and remedial work:

  • Ensure adequate lime, P & K are applied prior to reseeding
  • Avoid poaching especially in the early years after reseeding
  • This mixture will deliver a dense sward suitable for heavy soils and drystock grazing systems
  • Contains varieties with good sward density to reduce the risk of poaching

Zero Grazing/Over Seeding Mixture

VarietyHeading DateTypeQuantity (kg)
Alfonso (T)June 1stLate Tetraploid4.5
Aston Energy (T)June 2ndLate Tetraploid4.5
Majestic (D)June 1stLate Diploid2.5
11.5

 

  • Contains 78% tetraploid for rapid establishment
  • Graze every 10-14 days after sowing to allow new seeds establish
  • Suitable for zero grazing systems, for a 17-25 day cutting rotation

 

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