Silahay™ Mix

Silage and Hay

Silahay™ is targeted to those farmers whom are looking for a lower cost ryegrass and clover mix that will provide early establishment vigour with high quality bulk for silage and hay in the spring.

For early production dry seed prior to the break where paddocks are clean and you are comfortable with the risk.

To encourage increased tillering ensure plants are not prone to pulling then graze at 6 to 8cm high. This will increase the clover component which will add quality to the later crop of silage or hay.

Apply spring fertiliser to promote bulk growth. Cut mid spring for silage, late spring for hay.

 

By using the Silahay™ mixture, with near equal proportions of Diploid and Tetraploid ryegrasses plus uncoated clovers, increased plant numbers will be sown compared to mixtures based around Tetraploid ryegrasses and coated clovers sown at the same rate per ha.

Following is a table comparing Silahay™ mix with uncoated clover seed compared to a theoretical mix containing Tetraploid ryegrasses and coated clover seed. (Very fine clover seeds generally have a 100% coat).

Silahay ™ Kgs in mix Approximate number of seeds by variety Mixture B Kgs in mix Approximate number of seeds by variety
Abundant 15 3,750,000 Tetraploid A 10 2,500,000
Dargo 8 4,000,000 Tetraploid B 10 2,500,000
Paradana balansa 1 1,200,000 Coated clover 5 3,000,000
Persian clover 1 1,200,000      
TOTALS: 25 10,150,000    25  8,000,000

Each bag of Silahay™ mix contains approximately 25% more seeds than mixture B.

What does this mean: If sowing the Silahay™ mix at 25 kgs/ha at an extra .50 cents per kg cost, this would be $12.50 per ha more. However you are sowing an extra 25% more seed therefore potentially getting 25% more dry matter.

If you were budgeting on a 5 tonne crop this could produce an extra 1,250 kgs DM/ha a potential increase in income of $187.50 per ha based on a DM cost of $150.00 per tonne.

Silahay™ mix variety summary:

Name Details
Abundant The highest yielding Tetraploid tested in WA and a proven performer
Dargo Diploid A proven performer over years from Esperance to Geraldton in areas over 400mm growing season rainfall
Paradana balansa Excellent producer over the winter / spring period and provides excellent bulk to hay crops
Flash Persian Produces a high quality forage that will add value to a silage and hay crops. Produces some hard seed for regeneration the following year

Silahay™ mix will provide an extremely competitive product that will make the farmer money.

This mixture will suit a wide range of farming systems and soils types in the 500mm plus rainfall zones.

We believe this will provide an excellent quality crop that will achieve high yields where supported by appropriate nutrition.

Recommended sowing rates for the Silahay™ mix is:

25 kgs/ha.  (Increased sowing rates will increase interplant competition during establishment offering earlier grazing and higher pasture production where supported with increased fertiliser).