All grass leys have a productive life expectancy which is determined by the level of management over the years. Poaching in wet weather, overgrazing and under grazing all contribute to the loss of sown species, creating bare patches and allowing the ingress of weeds and weed grasses which are not only less palatable, but are of substantially lower digestibility and have a shorter growing season. Even superbly managed leys that have maintained most of their sown species will be outdated after 10 years, simply because the new varieties will out yield those old ones by up to 10%, as well as have improved persistence, a longer growing season and greater digestibility. Less well managed swards can be 50% less productive after only 5 – 7 years.
Therefore one of the best ways to reduce costs is to produce more high quality feed from your farm by regularly evaluating and replacing your leys. We have an extensive range of different grass leys from which you can select the correct one for your particular situation. The leys are well supported by our breeders who continually invest in research and trials to improve the production from grass / clover mixtures.
To select the premier ley you require see our conventional and organic leys information. All MVF standard leys are offered in acre packs, either for collection ex-MVF branches or on a delivered to farm basis.
It is important that you look for and support the NIAB and BSPB logo before purchasing your grass leys as not every supplier is a member of this valuable scheme, run by the British Society of Plant Breeders.