HORSE-FRIENDLY PASTURE MIX

Now available throughout NZ – a tried and tested blend (since 2006) of pasture seeds developed to optimise fibre content throughout the growing season. Available with or without perennial (non-endophyte) rye grasses, no clover, just a mix of high fibre, deep rooted plants, which mature (maximum fibre) at different times of the year to reduce sugar exposure to horses. These grasses, if sown correctly, produce large amounts of biomass for hay or baleage, have superior drought resistance and deep roots to promote topsoil and drainage. All registered and certified (weed checked) seed.

Typical analysis (dry matter basis; baleage harvested November 2018, hay January 2019)

ForageDry matter %Protein %Energy MJ/kgNDF fibre %Starch & sugars** %
Hay84129.75111
Baleage30119.7649

*ME calculated from laboratory data ** as SSS standard lab test

These results show that, compared to common NZ pastures, these forages have higher fibre and lower soluble starch and sugars.

This seed blend is more expensive than conventional endophyte rye/clover, but will allow better nutrition for your horses, due to their higher fibre and lower sugar content. The current cost is $473 per hectare sown, including freight and GST. 2019 harvest off 7 acres yielded approx. 800 conventional bale equivalents

Please use the checklist below to ensure best growth and nutrient expression in the grasses. Available now from LWT Animal Nutrition.

Checklist for resowing horse paddocks

  1. Soil testing and applying a balanced fertiliser to optimise soil nutrients. Grass is only as good as the soil it’s grown in.
  2. Remove all persistent weeds (dock, thistle etc) and any potential high toxin grasses (wild fescue, paspalum, endophyte rye grass) and invasive species.
  3. Direct drill once paddock cleared, this minimises the weed seed ‘bank’ exposure in the soil and prevents over softening of the paddock surface.
  4. Check for compacted areas and subsoil if necessary, to allow break up of ‘pugged’ areas and aeration.
  5. Sow when adequate moisture in the ground.
  6. Keep stock off paddock until grass is established with good cover. You may want to initially graze with sheep to encourage tillering to maximise coverage.

For specific nutrition advice and individual horse assessments, please contact:

 Dr Lucy Waldron
PhD RNutr (UK NZ) R Fellow (Massey) MNZARN, MRSNZ, AfN, Accredited Animal Scientist (BSAS)

PO Box 119 | Feilding 4740 | New Zealand
Tel +64 (0)6 328 9026 | Mob +64 (0)21 743374|

www.animalnutrition.co.nz

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