At McCreath Simpson & Prentice, we pride ourselves on being able to offer a range of different mixtures to suit each customer’s needs, with only first-choice varieties from the SAC and NIAB recommended lists chosen.
In 2022, we have more mixture choices than ever before following the company’s acquisition of the agricultural merchanting division of W.N. Lindsay Ltd.
We have successfully encompassed and retained the names of the W.N. Lindsay Ltd mixtures – Sprinter (and Sprinter Plus), Abundance, Maximiser, Persistor, Endurance and Endurance Upland – into our product range, tweaking the varieties used in the mixtures slightly so they can be produced in-house at our Grass Seed & Blending Plant at our headquarters in Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Here are our mixtures, which you can read more about by clicking on the links below or by downloading our 2022 Grass Seed Brochure HERE.
|Tyne||Short Term Ley|
|Forth||Short Term Ley|
|Sprinter||< 3 Years Silage or Intensive Grazing|
|Aln||3-4 Year Intensive Cut & Graze|
|Till||4-5 Year Medium Term Cut & Graze|
|Abundance||< 5 Years Medium Term Cut & Graze|
|Maximiser||< 5 Years Medium Term Cut & Graze|
|Coquet||Long Term Dual Purpose with Early Bite|
|Persistor||Long Term Dual Purpose with Early Bite|
|Teviot||Dual Purpose Mixture|
|Bowmont||Dual Purpose Long Term Cut & Graze|
|Endurance||Dual Purpose Long Term Cut & Graze|
|Tweed||Permanent Pasture Long Term Grazing|
|Endurance Upland||Permanent Pasture Long Term Grazing|
|Yarrow||Permanent Pasture Long Term Grazing|
|MSP Herb Ley||Permanent Pasture Long Term Grazing|
With different varieties being approved each year, our expert team meet annually to carefully select the varieties which will make up the mixtures.
For 2022, we have chosen the following varieties – some of which are in multiple mixtures and others just one.
Meribel is one of the denser Italian ryegrasses with a high yield ranking in both harvest years. Seasonal production is distributed more towards the latter part of the growing season.
Gemini is an Italian ryegrass that has a very high first cut digestibility value, while it is also rather high yielding, both in the first harvest year and the total mean yield.
Features in: Tyne
Early Perennial Ryegrass
Genesis is exceptionally high yielding under both managements with very early spring growth. It requires cutting early to achieve good quality silage.
Features in: Coquet
Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
AberClyde is a very high yielding grass under both grazing and silage managements with notably good grazing quality and a very high two-cut digestible silage yield.
AberGreen has very high grazing yields and one of the highest two-cut digestible yields of all diploid perennial ryegrasses. It also boasts very good grazing quality.
Features in: Till
AberMagic is an outstanding variety for yield and quality. As well as being later heading, it sets new standards under grazing, particularly in autumn growth with good quality and ground cover.
Features in: Tweed
AberZeus provides excellent yields under both cutting and grazing, with a particular focus on late season grazing. It also has good D-value under grazing.
Features in: Tweed
Boyne has exceptionally high total silage yields and one of the highest two-cut silage yields of any diploid perennial ryegrass. Total grazing yields in the spring are very good and are as a result of dense growing swards.
Featuring in five of our mixtures, Diwan is a good all-round variety for both grazing and conservation throughout the season, with good winter hardiness and exceptional disease resistance.
Fintona delivers exceptional performance under both cutting and grazing and with good sward density and grass quality, it is setting new standards in this intermediate perennial ryegrass group.
Featuring in no fewer than six of our mixtures, Nifty offers good grazing yields and excellent ground cover, making it an outstanding grazing variety throughout the season.
Pensel gives good early season growth under both cutting and grazing for a variety heading at the end of the group. It also provides good quality at first cut.
Premium performs well under both managements, although it is moderately susceptible to mildew. It does, however, have excellent ground cover.
Solomon has very good yields under both managements with particularly good first cut yields. It also delivers very good early spring growth under grazing and again later in the season.
Late Perennial Ryegrass
AberGain is a very high yielding variety in terms of both grazing and silage. Its grazing quality is very high and it has typical open tetraploid-type swards.
Ballintoy is a top performer under grazing and silage regimes. It has a particulary excellent early grazing yield, as well as a consistent growth pattern throughout growing season.
Features in: Teviot
Evocative offers good overall conservation and grazing yields with relatively good herbage quality under conservation. It has a great rust resistance and a high ground cover and, overall, with Evocative you are very flexible in how the field is utilised.
Nashota has fairly good productivity for both grazing and conservation along with a relatively good conservation first cut digestibility. It has excellent ground cover under grazing management, with good ground cover under conservation management, while it also has excellent disease resistance.
Another popular selection in our mixtures this year, Toddington delivers good yields under both conservation and grazing, with good quality to boot. It also has good second cut yields under conservation and good late summer growth under grazing, with good disease resistance.
Twymax is an excellent variety, particularly under grazing management with good early growth. It also has good ground cover and mid-season digestibility.
AstonCrusader produces a very high total annual yield with an extraordinary early spring growth. Combined with excellent disease resistance, AstonCrusader is a top variety in this segment.
Lofa has many properties in common with an Italian ryegrass, in particular the very fast establishment and high yield in the first cut. But what makes Lofa special is the less aggressive growth, making it a very good companion grass for legumes and other grass species.
Comer is one of the highest performing Timothys in the marketplace, especially in terms of spring grazing. It has excellent two-cut silage yields from swards of a typical erect type for an early Timothy.
Alice (Large Leaf)
With its large leaves, Alice achieves a high clover content and has a high grazing persistency. It also produces high total sward and excellent clover yields, which are maintained at a high level throughout the growing season.
Features in: Bowmont
Buddy (Medium Leaf)
Buddy is a medium leaved variety with a very good yield of both grass and clover in a mixture through much of the season, although strongest in early summer. It has strong persistence at low nitrogen levels.
Merwi (Medium Leaf)
Merwi is a medium leaved, productive variety that is best suited to light defoliation.
Rivendel (Small Leaf)
Rivendel is extremely persistent under grazing without overcrowding the grasses, while it also has excellent winter hardiness and good resistance to diseases such as nematodes and clover rot.
Violin (Large Leaf)
Violin is a large leaved variety that has excellent persistency with hard and light defoliation, maintaining its yield in the third year. Its ground cover is also well above average.
Global is a very healthy and protein-rich red clover. It produces high-quality staple feed in mixtures with grasses such as Italian ryegrass. It is also a robust variety and can therefore be cropped for two to three years.
Features in: Forth
Interested in any of our grass seed mixtures? If so, please get in touch or contact your farm rep!