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Red clover silage

  • 17-08-2021 4:48pm
    Registered Users Posts: 8 Ttttttttytttty

    Hi, I am considering growing red clover along with grass for silage primarily for weanlings just looking for some advice from people who have grown red clover for silage and the recommendations and management techniques with using it.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,227 ✭✭✭✭ Bass Reeves

    I grew it with a hybrid for a while. The ley only lasted about three years. Crop was poor in year three. I grew straight hybrids for a few years as well same issue after three year the ley grew too weak and need to be reseeded. I replaced it with a standard grazing/silage ley.

    Slava Ukrainii

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,596 ✭✭✭ Markcheese

    Is it possible to stitch in extra red clover seed ? - or even broadcast it to keep the ley going .

    Did you have to do anything different at harvest ? ( No conditioner on the mower or knives on the baler ) , as the leaf is quite "fragile" compared to grass silage ..

    Slava ukraini 🇺🇦

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 12,035 Mod ✭✭✭✭ blue5000

    Needs to be mowed high to stop the clover dying out. Hard to get a contractor to do this.

    If the seat's wet, sit on yer hat, a cool head is better than a wet ar5e.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8 Ttttttttytttty

    How do u cut it, is it different to a traditional grass silage crop

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