Sweet–Grass in every mouthful
What is Sweet–Grass?
Sweet-Grass is a high-N grassland fertiliser specifically designed to increase sward palatability and maximise milk and meat production from grass for optimum economic returns.
Why use Sweet-Grass?
- Palatability is key to optimum grass utilisation
- Sweet-Grass improves palatability
- Improved palatability = increased intake
- Improved palatability = tighter grazing
- Increased intake and tighter grazing = optimum grass utilisation
- Improving palatability is particularly beneficial when grass becomes less digestible or following slurry application which can ‘sour’ pastures
23% Nitrogen + 5% Sulphur + 5% Sodium
- Sweet-Grass is particularly suitable where slurry / FYM is being applied and soil P and K levels are medium to high.
- The recommendations on this page are for guidelines only. Please consult your FACTS Qualified Advisor for a detailed recommendation based on your specific requirements and situation.
Sodium – an essential livestock nutrient
1. Sodium and livestock:
Sodium is an essential nutrient for livestock health and performance. Sodium deficiency can lead to potentially serious clinical disorders and production losses, including:
x Loss of appetite and reduced dry matter intake (DMI)
x Reduced milk yield
x Increased somatic cell count
x Increased risk of hypomagnesaemia (grass staggers)
2. Sodium and grass:
Although grass does not need sodium, its uptake produces significant benefits, including:
- Higher % of live herbage
- Higher D values
- Increased sugar content
- Better utilisation of swards
- Improved palatability and digestibility
3. Sodium in fertilisers:
- Sodium is not firmly held in soils therefore a ‘little and often’ approach to application is ideal
- Regular applications of 10 – 12 kg/ha of Na2O (8 – 10 units per acre) is recommended
- Sweet-Grass provides the optimum levels of sodium