Description of practice

Grassland renewal is usually carried out if the herbage production or quality of the existing sward is lower than its potential. Low performance is often caused by a single or a series of incidents.

Examples of how to use grassland renewal Further information
(see Note below)

AMP26 01


Without taking it out of production, seed is drilled into existing grassland in a process called over-seeding or stitching in. Livestock is allowed on the over-seeded ley after ten days when the new seedlings have established.


»Wageningen University - Schils et al.

AMP26 02

Intensive grazing areas on low productive slopes

Soil is ploughed in the autumn and vetch and/or oats are sown. The growing plants are grazed in spring.


»WOCAT technology 2900

AMP26 03

Postpone grassland renewal

The ploughing of a rotational grassland field is postponed for one or two years to reduce nutrient losses and organic matter decomposition. Grassland is kept for 6-7 years instead of 5.


»WOCAT technology 1662

AMP26 04


Pasture manuring

Manure is applied to increase grass recovery and reduce shrub encroachment. The practice is used on animal husbandry farms with either deep litter housing systems or manure heaps.


»WOCAT technology 1209

Note: Most of the Further information links are to a full description of the example in the WOCAT database. However sometimes the link may be to similar practices or a research paper. Occasionally the link is to a commercial product in which case it should be understood that this does not imply any endorsement of the product by iSQAPER.

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