Multi Species Leys - Agricology Vlog

18 October 2019

Dr Alastair Leake (Director of Policy & the Allerton Project for the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust) discusses why they are trialling taking an arable field out of crop production and have sown it with mixed species leys (filmed during September 2019).

He explains they're growing a traditional grass and clover mix alongside a mix which contains many more species and comparing how well the lambs grow on the different diets and how well they can make silage from two strips in the middle of the field. The field is being put in to grass as part of improving their rotation for soil quality and weed control.

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I'm looking for copy of all research done on the wide variety of pasture species throughout Europe. Also looking for any seed companies that offer such diverse varieties. As well as any literature describing the species.
Janie Caldbeck's picture

The seed mix came from Cotswold Seeds and the trial is run with NIAB and University of Sheffield. Cotswold Seeds have alot of useful literature regarding the species - have a look at 'Sort out your soil' for example - a guide you can find on Agricology. You may also find 'The OSCAR Cover Crop and Living Mulch Toolbox' useful to refer to (also on Agricology)

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