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 in mid to late May, 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||AberWolf||Perennial Ryegrass||30 May|
|4.00||AberGain||Perennial Ryegrass (T)||05 Jun|
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.
Heading date average for Aber Red 5 HSG is 31 May for central Britain
For optimum forage quality, aim to cut red clover silage when 25% of red clover plants are in flower.
|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|