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      Aber Red 5 HSG Quality Silage

      Aber Red 5 HSG grass and red clover seed mixture is designed specifically for high-quality silage production, with the potential for increased protein content and reduced fertiliser costs.

      Aber Red 5 HSG is ideal for increasing protein production on-farm, reducing your bought-in feed requirement.

      Red clover silage

      Aber Red 5 HSG’s new generation longer-lasting red clover increases protein content with genuine four-to-five-year persistency, well above the two to three years associated with red clover swards.

      Aim for a first cut between red clover’s early flower bud and 50% flowering stage, with subsequent cuts at five to six weekly intervals. The sward also provides excellent aftermath grazing for finishing lambs.

      Aber Red 5 HSG benefits

      • Improved protein content of silage
      • Outstanding grazing yield and grazing D-value
      • Performance maintained for four to five years
      • Lower ammonia and methane excretion reduce environmental impact
      • 100% Aber HSG varieties with long-lasting red clovers
      Kg / Acre Variety Type Heading Date
      2.00 AberZeus Perennial Ryegrass 27 May
      3.00 AberGreen Perennial Ryegrass 30 May
      4.00 AberGain Perennial Ryegrass (T) 04 Jun
      3.00 AberClaret Red Clover
      12.00

      AberClaret Red Clover

      Red clover is a high-quality, cost-effective source of home-grown protein, potentially reducing the reliance on bought-in feed. It also has good environmental credentials by fixing nitrogen at a rate of 150kg N/ha, reducing the need for nitrogen fertiliser.

      However, one of its shortcomings has been its relatively short persistence, typically remaining in a grass and clover sward for just two to three years.

      The new generation of Germinal red clover seeds, including AberClaret, bred at Germinal Horizon Aberystwyth, have overcome this problem. It lasts at least four years in a cutting sward and is significantly more tolerant of grazing.

      Silage production experts

      You can ask a Germinal expert here if you want to know where to find Germinal’s Aber Red 5 HSG Quality Silage grass seed mixture.

      Sowing rate 29.6 kg/ha (12 kg/acre)
      Sowing time March/April or August
      Sowing depth 15 mm (1/2 inch) or broadcast
      Sowing instructions Drill into a fine tilth

      Moist and warm soil conditions (minimum 5˚C)

      Roll before and after drilling for good soil-to-seed contact

       

      Additional comments Where clovers or herbs are included, sow no later than mid-September