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from same. DLF has been working on this for the last decade
and research has shown that cell wall digestibility can vary
between varieties by as much as six per cent. This is hugely
significant as a one per cent increase in cell wall digestibility
can deliver 0.25L milk per cow per day.
To further this research, and as an extension of our variety
selection work in Ireland, DLF has established a grass partner
programme with four farmers around Ireland. Through this
programme, we are assessing varieties' performance in real
farm situations. To date, DLF varieties, Aspect, Solas and Xenon
are the key performers. This year, we will be sowing varieties
on the grass partner farms which are two to five years away
from being commercially available and on recommended lists.
These varieties have been selected based on yield, quality and
the morphological traits conducive to grazing. Nitrates are
often suggested as one of the limiting factors in growing more
grass in Ireland. There is a strong potential for a reduction in
fertiliser allowance over the coming years, and with this we
believe farmers' focus will shift to getting more out of the
grass they are capable of growing; palatability and digestibility
being key to achieving their goals.
DLFtrialsmanager,JimmyStaples,withtheHaldrupharvesterontheDLFtrialsiteinWaterford.
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Guide 2018
DLF is the world's largest grass breeder and its
grass and clover trial ground in Co. Waterford
is the largest grass variety trial investment in
Ireland. The More Milk with DLF grass partner
programme involves four dairy farmers across
the island of Ireland and is a long-term project
that aims to maximise grassland utilisation
ontheirfarms.Inaddition,thelatest
grass genetic material coming from
DLF's Irish breeding grounds
willbetrialledon-farm,with
palatability and digestibility
being two key success
measures.
OVERSEEDING WITH PRONITRO
WILL SAVE DAVID HUNTER,
DLF GRASS PARTNER,
UP TO 180/ACRE.
Why?
Overseeding is an economical way to
improve grassland
ProNitro is a Nitrogen coated grass seed
ProNitro gives up to 34% more viable plants
ProNitro gives up to 30% increase in root growth
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