AFTER a harsh winter and spring that left many pasture swards in need of repair, it was probably no great surprise that a reseeding demonstration organised by Kelliher's Feeds and Agricultural Supplies in Tralee attracted a very sizeable audience.
Over 120 people turned up to watch and learn from the event, held near Blennerville last week, which included demonstrations on the use of five different systems. These included the Vredo Overseeder, The Moore Uni Drill, conventional seeders, disc harrows and power harrows.
Following the bad weather of 2012 and this year's disastrous spring, farmers around the county are still struggling to grow grass on their land. Many paddocks have been badly poached by cattle or damaged by machinery in the last year and unless treated, this seriously impacts on grass production. For farmers, it is now more important than ever to have productive grass fields because fertiliser and concentrate cost are very high at the moment. An overseed can be very successful in filling in bare patches of a damaged sward and can quickly restore good productivity levels at low cost.
"Farmers are looking for other methods rather than ploughing, because when you plough you dig up a lot of stones and these have to be picked up. Ploughing can be labour intensive and costly for the famer so we've come up with a way to remedy that" says Kelliher's General Manager John Lynch.
Success of the overseeding operation depends on how much direct seed to soil contact there is, as well as moist conditions after sowing. The best time to overseed is late April and early May or mid-summer after taking a cut of silage.