SUPERB IN THE RATION
Now we are well into spring, turn out it is important to consider how and why the diet has altered and how this might impact on production!
Plant height, density and growth stage is vital towards the quality of the forage when fed to livestock.
Example of an inconsistent sward:
At turnout, we at Grass Science Seeds, are looking for a consistent sward in terms of growth and density throughout. We are providing mixtures that even after 10 years, if managed correctly, are superb in the ration as well as at grazing.
Example of a consistent sward (GSS Endurance)
Keeping the sward tightly managed throughout winter but not damaging it is essential to gain that beneficial consistency during spring. If the sward were to be left throughout winter with no management of either the grass or soil, then lignin is always going to be an issue come spring.
Lignin is entirely indigestible for a ruminant. As a type of fibre, Lignin, causes turnout to be a lot less productive as a yielding dairy cow cannot digest and efficiently use the energy and protein in that grass containing high levels of lignin.
Whether grazing is priority or not, keeping control of the sward height during winter impacts on silage production too. Having an inconsistent crop, whether it’s in the field or in the diet, heavily impacts on the quality and intake of the forage.
Our mixes such as GS Endurance contain mostly Late Perennials which allow the mixture to thrive as a whole. With the same germination, heading and flowering dates, GS Endurance meets consistency in every factor.
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