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Barenbrug launches new forage mixture for dairy and sheep farmers at Grassland & Muck

Grass has to be the first priority for feeding livestock efficiently – but forage crops can be a valuable addition to a farmers’ toolkit – helping to meet changing feed and energy requirements throughout the year. That’s one of the messages that the Barenbrug UK team will be giving to farmers at Grassland & Muck, which opens at Stoneleigh today.

Mhairi Dawson, R&D Manager, at Barenbrug UK, said: “Farmers looking to boost animal performance using forage crops have a range of options. They can choose individual brassica, lucerne and forage herb products, which each have their individual merits. Or, they could opt for a specialist forage crop mixture – which can be good for filling the gaps that can naturally occur in the grazing platform as grass quality decreases as the seasons change.”

During Grassland & Muck, Barenbrug is launching a number of new grass products including its latest forage mixture – BarFinisher. A specialist blend of chicory, white clover, red clover and plantain, Bar Finisher produces a leafy, high quality feed from spring to autumn that is highly palatable and, importantly, can recover quickly after grazing. Supporting high live weight gains, Bar Finisher can be used as a six-month or two-year crop – depending on the farm system and / or grassland management approach.

Each individual element of Bar Finisher fulfils a special function. The clover in the mixture provides nitrogen to feed the crop and also fill the space not occupied by herbs. The red clover component, alongside the herbs, provides a high quality feed throughout dry periods, helping to reduce risk in summer. While the chicory has anthelmintic properties that can help get rid of parasites. Overall, this combination creates a mixture with a high mineral content, rich in zinc, potassium and copper.

For more information about BarFinisher or for expert advice on any grassland management matters, visit the Barenbrug team at Grassland & Muck at Stand 310. Alternatively you can email the team at: info@barenbrug.co.uk or visit the Barenbrug website: www.barenbrug.co.uk

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About Barenbrug:
Barenbrug UK specialises in grass seed breeding, production and marketing to the agricultural and amenity markets. The Barenbrug name has been synonymous with the introduction of innovative grass seed solutions and is raising the standard in the research and breeding of forage and amenity grasses in the UK since its formation in 1904 in Holland. More than 4,000 tonnes of grass seed are distributed each year, with blending facilities in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and Falkirk and a mixing site in Loughgall, Northern Ireland. Barenbrug UK headquarters is based at Rougham Industrial Estate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 9ND. Telephone 01359 272000, email info@baruk.co.uk or visit: www.barenbrug.co.uk