Southern Fuel & Farm Supplies Ltd supplies in association with Watsons seeds have an extensive range of grass seed mixtures, designed to cater for all reseeding situations.
- All varieties contained in our Castle and Saltire mixtures are ‘First Choice’ ’ as published in the Irish Department of Agriculture, NIAB, SRUC and AFBI recommended lists.
- Watsons Seeds enjoy a very positive relationship with a range of key grass breeders across Europe that enables them to source the best varieties possible for our Castle Mixtures and Saltire Mixtures.
- Watsons Seeds position of independence enables them to take an objective view on variety selection with animal performance at the heart of their selection process. We continue to strive to improve our mixtures.
Duart (Ire) THE SPECIALIST DAIRY MIXTURE.
Duart + Clover (Ireland)
The specialist dairy mixture
Castle mixture Duart + clover produces outstanding energy and protein levels. It contains high proportions of the new generation high sugar grasses. A high percentage of late perennials, allows flexibility in the cutting date. Excellent ground cover and persistency. This mixture has won a number of silage competitions.
Christy a Dairy farmer, has noticed much improved herd milk yields and milk solids while grazing Duart swards compared to grass mixtures used by him previously.
THE VERY BEST MEDIUM / LONG TERM MIXTURE SUITABLE FOR BOTH CUTTING AND GRAZING.
Available with CAST coated clover blend.
INTENSIVE MEDIUM/LONG TERM CUTTING AND GRAZING MIXTURE.
THE LONG TERM GRAZING MIXTURE.
Available with CAST coated clover blend
Recommended for Upland and poorer soils
Available with CAST coated clover blend.
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Equestrian products ordered on request.
Watson’s range of equestrian mixtures have been developed for a variety of purposes whether you are looking for wear tolerance, resistance to poaching, grazing or cutting potential, one of our mixtures will provide the correct sward for your specific purpose.
A full reseed is not always possible due to factors such as stocking pressures or thin top soil not permitting deep cultivation. For thin or badly poached pastures, pasture rejuvenation should be considered a viable alternative to a complete reseed.
Successful pasture rejuvenation occurs when competition from the existing sward is minimal, these conditions occur during early spring before the grass is growing too quickly or after second cut silage/early autumn when the soil temperature is still high.
First you need to assess the condition of the sward before deciding how to improve it. We at Barrett Agri are Watson Seeds seed specialist and will be happy to visit you and advise a course of action.
KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER
✅ Subject to adequate temperature, moisture is the single most important element required for germination.
✅ Check soil fertility status. pH should be 6-6.5, this will certainly support better clover growth.
✅ Discuss with your seed specialist an appropriate mixture for sowing.
✅ Depending on strategy adopted, mow, graze or spray existing sward to minimise trash in the seedbed and competition for new seed.
✅ Pay close attention to pest control – slugs can often attack new grasses so slug pellets may need to be considered. Frit fly and leatherjacks often build up on old pastures.
✅Post drilling husbandry – rolling is usually advisable to ensure the seed is covered and to lock in moisture, other than when using a drill with an inverted-T slot system. Stock should be kept out of the field whilst the seedlings establish – especially sheep which are selective grazers.
✅ Do not apply fertiliser 3-4 weeks pre-rejuvenation and only apply fertiliser post seeding once the new seedlings are visible and will compete with the existing sward when fertiliser is applied.
✅ Do not try to rejuvenate silage swards at the beginning of the season. The young seedlings will be shaded out under a tall crop. Rejuvenation of any conservation grass is best carried out later in the season and grazed post sowing, when interplant competition is less severe from the existing mature plants.
✅ Check for soil structure problems and compaction as this may have been a reason for the need for rejuvenation in the first place. If compaction is an issue subsoiling must be carried out.