Grass Seeds

Goldcrop has an excellent portfolio of grass and clover varieties

and is constantly searching for new varieties and species that will benefit Irish farmers.

The company has forged strong links with some of the world’s leading seed companies which is all part of our goal to become the most focused seed supplier in Ireland.

Grass and Clover

Goldcrop has an excellent portfolio of grass and clover varieties and is constantly searching for new varieties and species that will benefit Irish farmers. The company has forged strong links with some of the world’s leading seed companies which is all part of our goal to become the most focused seed supplier in Ireland. Goldcrop represents varieties in the Irish market for DLF Trifolium, Eurograss and Barenbrug.

 

 

Irish farming is undergoing constant change and the challenge for farmers to maintain and improve profitability has never been greater. Every aspect of the farm business is being examined to reduce costs and improve efficiency. Livestock farmers have made great strides in improving the management and utilisation of grass and clover swards and have adapted to extending the grazing season earlier in spring and later in autumn. Regular reseeding and proper grass variety selection are critically important for success. Varieties with good persistence, good spring growth, good autumn growth and good digestibility are to the forefront and this trend is set to continue as grassland research fine tunes the way grassland is exploited.

Goldcrop markets a number of leading grass and clover mixture brands including the ‘Diamond Leys’ and Evergreen’ ranges. The company also produces grass and clover mixtures for a large number of the agricultural retailers in Ireland under their own brands.

“Reseeding is one of the best paying investments on Livestock farms”

Tips for Success

• IDENTIFY paddocks/fields with poor yield performance and low perennial ryegrass (less than 50%)

• TIMING Target a time of year with warm and moist conditions

• SPRAY OFF OLD SWARD with glyphosate at 2l per acre (5l/ha)

• DO A SOIL TEST! Apply lime, phosphate and potash as recommended. Apply nitrogen up to 48 units per acre at or after sowing

• SELECT A SUITABLE GRASS SEED MIXTURE WITH THE BEST VARIETIES and sow at 14 kg per acre (35 kg/ha). Increase seed rate in poor conditions

• A FINE FIRM SEEDBED is essential regardless of cultivation method

• SEED SHOULD IDEALLY BE COVERED and always rolled well to achieve good contact with soil and moisture

• MONITOR CLOSELY for pest attack from the date of sowing. Take action where necessary. Slugs, leatherjackets, fruit fly and rabbits are the main threats

 POST EMERGENCE WEED CONTROL, particularly for docks and thistles. Normally apply herbicide 4-6 weeks after sowing. Get advice on the most suitable product

• GRAZE AS SOON AS PLANTS ARE STRONG ENOUGH

Grass Varieties

Grass varieties are constantly being evaluated in recommended list trial programs, grassland research centre trials and on farms. There is new information coming available all the time about grass varieties and also about grassland management best practice. This influences the choice of varieties for the perfect grass mixture.

At Goldcrop we believe we have the best and most complete portfolio of grass varieties for Irish farmers. We also have the technical knowledge to advise you on how to achieve that perfect grass mixture. In the following pages we give detailed information on grass varieties. The Irish Recommended List is the most valuable source of information on the grass varieties that are available. Varieties are evaluated from a minimum of two separate sowings and four harvest years at a range of sites around the country. Varieties will only be listed if they show sufficient merit in terms of overall yield, seasonal yield, digestibility and ground cover score. Over the past five years for every six varieties tested only one makes the recommended list.

On the Recommended List, grass varieties are grouped into three maturity classes (early, intermediate and late) on the basis of heading date. While this is a useful tool in simplifying the choice of varieties it is more accurate to consider variety heading dates as a continuum rather than rigid groupings.

Diamond Horse Paddock

• Long term horse grazing mixture, also suitable for hay
crop
• High in fibre, low in protein and low in water soluble
carbohydrates
• Low risk of Laminitis
• Excellent sward density to cater for exercise & galloping
• Creeping grasses included to resist poaching and
tolerate tight grazing


Diamond Red Clover Grazing

• Suitable for grazing and silage
• Can be grazed but important not to over graze red
clover
• White clover will fill spaces created by red clover
dying out


Diamond Red Clover & Hybrid PRG

• Intensive silage mixture designed for 2-3 years
• Produces higher short term yields than perennial mix
• White clover will fill spaces created by red clover
dying out
• Produces high protein and high digestibility silage
• Can be grazed but important not to over graze red
clover
• Suitable for multi cut silage


Diamond Red Clover Silage

• Intensive silage mixture designed for 3-4 years
• Will continue as a normal grass sward afterwards
• White clover will fill spaces created by red clover
dying out
• Produces high protein and high digestibility silage
• Can be grazed but important not to over graze red
clover


Diamond Overseeding

• Overseeding mixture with excellent grass varieties for
grazing and silage swards
• High proportion (74%) tetraploids included for
overseeding
• Tetraploids have larger seed with a larger energy
reserve allowing for greater success when
overseeding
• Tetraploids have and erect growth habit meaning that
they can compete for light with the existing sward
better


Diamond Intensive Silage

FINTONA (T)4.50KGS
MOIRA3.50KGS
ASTONCONQUEROR3.50KGS
BARBLANCA - WHITE CLOVER0.50KGS
12.00KGS PACK
Tetraploid (T) 39%

HIGH YIELDING INTERMEDIATE HEADING MIX SUITABLE FOR 2 TO 3 HIGH PRODUCING SILAGE CROPS

  • High PPI varieties
  • Very tights spread of heading dates
  • Exceptional spring growth
  • Very high two cut silage yields
  • First cut silage ready to cut from 15th May to 25th May, depending on closing date

Diamond General Purpose

MOIRA2.50KGS
MEIDUNO (T)2.00KGS
ASTONKING2.00KGS
OAKPARK2.50KGS
ALFONSO (T)2.50KGS
BARBLANCA - WHITE CLOVER0.50KGS
12.00KGS PACK
Tetraploid (T) 39%

MIXTURE OF INTERMEDIATE AND LATE HEADING VARIETIES BRINGING EXCELLENT SEASONAL YIELD POTENTIAL

  • Exceptional spring and total yields
  • First cut silage ready to cut from 20th May to 5thJune, depending on closing date

Evergreen Super Pasture- Dual Purpose Mixture

General purpose mixture designed for grazing and silage
swards
Good total yields from dependable varieties
Good persistency and sward longevity


Evergreen Super Graze- Intensive Grazing

Intensive grazing mixture with proven varieties
All late heading perennial ryegrass varieties
High yielding and highly persistent varieties of grass and
clover