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Not sure which product to purchase on-line?2017-06-28T14:00:17+00:00

Please call us on 07920 546426, alternatively send us an email.

Where does Idealseed trade?2017-06-28T14:01:06+00:00

We trade across the whole of mainland UK.

Who would I normally talk to when I call Idealseed?2017-04-27T09:25:14+00:00

Billy Nimmo. Direct Line 07920 546426

Why does Idealseed not have a landline2017-06-28T14:08:05+00:00

The seed industry needs seed experts out in the field with a proactive approach, not behind a desk. As our business grows so shall our people.

Can you supply Fertiliser?2017-06-28T14:06:51+00:00

Currently we offer high quality fertiliser for Equestrian and Golf sectors, ideally this area of business shall develop soon

When are you open for business or when is it best to call?2017-06-28T14:05:13+00:00

Normally 8.00am-6.00pm.

What is the difference between tetraploid and diploid forage grasses?2017-06-28T14:04:24+00:00

A normal (diploid) ryegrass has 14 chromosomes in each cell. A chromosome is the part of the cell that carries all the genetic information about the organism. By treating the cells in tissue culture with a natural chemical extracted from the autumn crocus (called colchicine) the number of chromosomes are doubled to 28. This effectively doubles the size of the cells (increased sugary contents) creating a tetraploid. This in no way alters the plants genes.


Livestock find the wide leaves and larger cell content (containing high concentrations of sugars) of tetraploids very palatable. This leads to higher intake resulting in more meat or milk. On the whole, the digestibility of tetraploids is much better than most diploids meaning that more of the ingested material is converted to improve animal performance. This on the other hand must be monitored and regulated, high sugar can be very costly, especially in Equestrian circles.


The deep root systems, larger cells and wider leaves all combine to ensure greater resistance to drought than most diploid varieties. The larger seeds of tetraploids also means that if a drought occurs during the establishment phase, the seeds carry greater water and nutrient resources than diploids, thus increasing their chances of survival.


On average tetraploid ryegrass seeds are 30-50{e144300321b3ac5b78f0c4ee4c04acdec25291effe0025b83660ed3c8cd3080f} larger than diploid ryegrass. This results in improved seedling vigour, increased competitiveness (especially useful when over-seeding) and faster establishment, which can lead to earlier utilisation.


The deep, fibrous root system of tetraploid ryegrass enables them to find water and nutrients that lie deep in the soil, prolonging production during the drier summer months.


Newer varieties of tetraploids exhibit much better winter hardiness ratings than previously and recently bred tetraploids are much improved in ground cover. Together these characteristics substantially increase the longevity of a sward


The sturdy tetraploid stands up well to the cutter bar. The higher sugar content provides food for the bacteria in the clamp and aid the fermentation process to produce high quality silage.


The larger seeded and more vigorous tetraploids have the competitive edge when it comes to pasture renovation. Rapid establishment and the ability to out compete weed grasses in the existing sward are vital. When renovating pastures always select tetraploid grasses.


Tetraploid ryegrass has a more open erect growth habit, which is why the inclusion and more importantly selection of diploid ryegrasses is vital when designing the correct mixture for your specific requirements. Basically old seedsmen like Billy Nimmo (MD) Idealseed would encourage 1/3 Tetraploid + 2/3 Diploid.

How does clover work any why should I use different types?2018-12-13T23:10:40+00:00

The Benefits of Quality Clover

The feed content of white clover is an additional source of protein and minerals. White clover has a protein content of 27.5% compared to grass at 17.5%. It is also a valuable source of magnesium and calcium to the grazing animal.

White clover protein is less rumen degradable than grass protein; consequently white clover in either silage or grazed grass will improve animal performance. Animals find white clover highly palatable, they will eat forage containing white clover more quickly with less expenditure of energy due to the structure of clover allowing speeding up of the digestive process.

Farmer’s perceptions for utilising white clover include, increasing sward density, soil surface protection and moisture retention, quality-grazing early/mid May, reducing forage costs and improving animal performance.

White clover will survive nitrogen rates in excess of 400 Kg. Per hectare, at rates of up to 200 Kg. Per hectare white clover will continue to “FIX” nitrogen. Whatever rate of nitrogen is being applied to a ley, whether it is grazed or conserved there is a positive benefit in animal performance from the inclusion of Quality clovers in the ley.

Why have clovers in a sward?

  •  Fix nitrogen + reduce input costs
  •  Increase the palatability of the sward and consequently animal performance
  •  Supply additional protein and minerals to the animal
  •  Provide a ‘mobile’ sown component to fill any gaps in the sward

Why use a blend of clover types?

By using a blend of different varieties there is always at least two that are best suited to whatever the management being applied to the sward. The use of a blend of different clovers broadens the genetic diversity, disease and pest resistance of the clover content of the sward.

What is the feeding quality of a clover/grass sward?

White clover has about half the structural fibre (cell wall) content and approx. 50% more crude protein than perennial ryegrass, it being 27% of the dry

matter. White clover can be an important source of minerals to the grazing animal, containing a significantly higher proportion of Calcium, Magnesium, Iron and Cobalt that the grass portion of the sward. Clover in a sward reduces the decline in the digestibility, typically 0.15 units per day, compared to 0.5 units per day for a ryegrass sward. This helps to maintain herbage quality if there are delays in harvesting or grazing.

How will animals perform on a clover/grass sward?

Animals prefer to graze a clover/grass sward, these results in higher voluntary intakes and better animal performance. In trials cattle grazed on a clover/grass sward had an intake of 9.2kg of dry matter per day and a live weight gain of 1.1 kg per day, compared with those grazed only on grass of 6.7 kg intake and 0.8kg/day live weight gain. Trials with dairy cows have shown that that for each 10% increase of the white clover content of the pasture, milk yield increases of between 0.3 and 0.45 kg per cow per day. Therefore a sward which has a 30% clover content, which is an average for mid-summer, can be producing up to 1.35 Kgs of milk per cow per day more from the clover.

Is clover important in silage?

Feeding silage with a significant proportion of white clover will improve intake. In trials, beef cattle fed clover/grass silage showed 16% higher live weight gain over those fed on grass silage. Grass/clover swards without fertiliser Nitrogen can produce yields similar to those of pure grass swards receiving around 200kg N per Hectare per year. White clover in the sward will release nitrogen to the grass, encouraging fresh vigorous growth throughout the sward.

E & O E – Standard Terms and Conditions of I-Dealseed Ltd. In the event of a shortfall in supply we reserve the right to offer varieties of equivalence or better.