2015-08-26   facebooktwitterrss

Tullamore Reseeding Demo

Germinal in association with Teagasc recently held a well-attended reseeding demo on the farm of Dan Bracken, near Mountbolus, Tullamore.

The topics discussed at the demo included reseeding benefits, soil fertility, choosing varieties and weed control. A number of machines could also be seen working on the day. Around 150 farmers attended the demo from Laois, Offaly & Westmeath

Demo Crowd

Technical speakers on the day included local Teagasc advisors Mark Coyne and Paul Fox along with Dr. Mary McEvoy, from Germinal, Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Soil and Plant Nutrition Specialist and John Boylan of TP Whelan.

Dan Bracken is a beef and sheep farmer He keeps a flock of 30 Texel ewes for cleaning up the pasture and has a suckler herd of 60 Simmental and Angus X cows.

On the day a wide range of reseeding machinery was demonstrated by local farmers and contractors PJ Bracken, Paddy Donegan, Ger Hanrahan and John Coakley.

Mr Bracken was reseeding 10 acres and used the used the Top5 Extend grass seed mixture from Germinal which contains AberGain, AberChoice, Dunluce and Drumbo grass seed varieties. AberGain, Dunluce and AberChoice – are the top three varieties on the new Teagasc Pasture Profit (PPI) Index.

According to Dr. McEvoy farmers can maximise the value of their reseeding by including the highest performing grass varieties off the new Teagasc Pasture Profit Index. To maximise the potential from a new reseed farmers must ensure they are using the top performing varieties which will deliver higher quality and greater seasonal yield.

Highly ranked on the DAFM Irish Recommended List, AberGain, Dunluce and AberChoice offer an unrivalled combination of yield and digestibility (DMD) for intensive grazing.

AberGain – The highest ranked variety on the Teagasc PPI list at €208 per ha/year. AberGain is the best available tetraploid variety, which excels in the key traits of seasonal yield, quality and total yield.

On the DAFM Irish Recommended List, it is the highest performing tetraploid variety for spring growth (+114%), total yield (+107%), summer and autumn yield and quality, proving it is really is an exceptional variety.

Dunluce – The highest ranked intermediate tetraploid and 2nd highest variety overall on the Teagasc PPI list at €194 per ha per year. Suited to intensive grazing, Dunluce will also perform well in a silage mixture.

AberChoice – The highest ranked diploid variety on the Teagasc PPI list at €184 per ha/year.

It is the best diploid currently available in Ireland, has excellent performance across the key traits of seasonal and total DM yield, ground score and is the highest late diploid for digestibility

Drumbo, a late diploid variety, is known for its good spring and autumn growth as well as high dry matter digestibility or quality values.

AberGain, AberChoice and Dunluce are included in the popular Top 5 Extend grass mixture supplied by Germinal which is available from all leading Co-ops and Agri Merchants.

Germinal Seeds

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