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How the plants farmers view as 'weeds' can actually boost grass yields

Thomas Moloney is on a mission to convert farmers to the benefits of multi-species swards which he believes can be a game-changer for the sector

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Research: Thomas Moloney says multi-species swards can significantly out-yield perennial ryegrass swards when receiving low inputs of inorganic nitrogen fertiliser

Research: Thomas Moloney says multi-species swards can significantly out-yield perennial ryegrass swards when receiving low inputs of inorganic nitrogen fertiliser

Multispecies silage sward at UCD Lyons

Multispecies silage sward at UCD Lyons

Plantain

Plantain

Timothy grass

Timothy grass

White Clover

White Clover

Chicory

Chicory

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Research: Thomas Moloney says multi-species swards can significantly out-yield perennial ryegrass swards when receiving low inputs of inorganic nitrogen fertiliser

Convincing farmers that plants they consider as 'weeds' - such as chickory, plantain and timothy - may actually boost grass yields is a challenge, admits Thomas Moloney.

He has spent years researching the benefits of multi-species grass swards and says: "The challenge was emphasised to me recently in a conversation with a dairy farmer.


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