Multi-species mixtures consists of a portion of English ryegrass along with other grasses, herbs, and clovers. This creates a pasture with a high level of biodiversity both above and below the ground. Multi-species mixtures thrives better under challenging conditions such as drought or excessive rainfall due to more intensive and deeper rooting. With a large proportion of clovers, herb-rich grassland often requires little or no manure or fertilizer for high production. The production is usually better than with a standard pasture mix. Herbs and clovers contain more minerals than grass, and some herbs even have anti-inflammatory properties. Herb-rich grassland, due to its deeper roots, is a real carbon dioxide sequestrator, so there are quite a few benefits to mention.
Interest in herb-rich grassland is therefore increasing. The Louis Bolk Institute has been conducting research on the application of herb-rich grassland for several years.
The conclusion of these experiments is: "Productive multi-species mixtures can be well integrated into both conventional and organic farming practices. It offers many opportunities for good yields under dry conditions without the need for extra fertilizers. This is while having lower weed pressure and better feed value."
Since 2019, Vandinter Semo has been collaborating with Pure Graze from Mariënberg. Pure Graze holds a considerable market share in herb-rich grassland and has over 30 years of experience. Herb-rich grassland mixtures have been formulated based on this experience, and various Salad Buffets® are available for different types of soil.
Vandinter Semo produces, blends, and packages these products for Pure Graze. Pure Graze focuses mainly on the sale of herb-rich grassland and provides information about the entire farm system (PG NxT-STEP®), where nature-inclusive agriculture is the foundation. More information about Pure Graze can be found on the website www.puregraze.com.
Root system of herbs and clovers
The root system of herb-rich grassland in focus. What stands out are the deep roots of clovers, chicory, and alfalfa. Under dry conditions, these species will continue to produce best, as they can extract moisture deeper from the soil.