Reseeded pasture outperforms older swards; this is a no-brainer, and we can all agree that newly reseeded ground offers the best performance both in terms of milk and meat production.
The associated costs of reseeding, while beneficial, can often be an area that many farmers mull over to the point of putting it off year-in, year-out. But what if the costs were much more viable than the perception?
At Moran Agri Services, we will hold a reseeding demonstration with a difference. This Saturday (August 10th), we will examine the alternatives to much-dreaded plough, and the all too familiar sight of stones that accompany them. We all know that friends are hard to come by when stones have to be picked.
This Saturday, we will focus on minimal cultivation methods of reseeding ground, with direct drilling the method of choice. We will examine a number of machines, apply the seed to recently sprayed-off paddocks, and evaluate the results in a number of weeks.
Compared to the relatively high costs of ploughing, discing and power harrowing, this system works on the basis of exposing the soil through tines, power harrows or discs that work on the surface, leaving the soil beneath undisturbed.
Financially, it's a game-changer, and fast becoming a preferred choice among many farmers. The FCI published figures earlier this year for contracting charges.
While all prices were up on last year, ploughing and power harrowing remained one of the bigger outputs for farmers, at €42/acre and €47/acre per pass, respectively; this excludes the mandatory 13.5% VAT.
With discing included at €26/acre per pass, the overall cost has rocketed well above €100/acre before grass seed is even taken into account. There's no doubt it has its benefits, and the results speak for themselves.
With our minimal cultivation; however, we have been able to achieve equally strong results. Our tine harrow and seeder can conduct a full reseed from €36/acre (plus VAT).
By scratching the surface and exposing enough soil for seed contact, we have also gotten away from the issue of stones coming to the surface and bedding to be removed. This reduces labour and held keep the heat in the soil.
On Saturday, we will showcase this among other similarly effective methods using Erth Engineering's Agriseeder and Güttler's Grassmaster; the latter two operate on a one-pass system, with prices starting from €60/acre.
In addition, we will have discounts on our entire grass seed range, based on the orders placed on the day only.
For more information, or to order in Mayo, contact Danny at Moran Agri Services through Facebook or email - firstname.lastname@example.org