Farm Ireland

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Pros and cons of system

Published 05/04/2011 | 05:00

The current reseeding trend among farmers is for 50:50 in spring versus autumn reseeding.

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For farmers who are considering reseeding in the coming weeks, what are the advantages and disadvantages of completing the work in the spring?

Teagasc Moorepark's Michael O'Donovan makes some observations:

  • You can graze a paddock once before reseeding in April and the paddock can come back into the rotation by June;
  • The total loss is three rotations, or 60 days, which amounts to 4.5-5.5t of dry matter.
  • The biggest gain is that you will have a reseeded paddock to offer the herd in mid-season.
  • The reseeded sward is also productive for the remainder of the year and will have settled for the coming year.
  • Studies have shown that a one-pass and direct-drilling system of reseeding will lead to a higher dry matter production in the year of establishment. Dry matter production from a spring reseed produced as much, if not more, grass than the old, permanent pasture.

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