Maximise your margins
Forage brassicas are a cost effective way to address feed supply issues throughout the year.
Forage brassica benefits include: Brassica benefits include:
- Producing a significant supplementary feed reserve for when pasture is limited in volume or quality.
- Providing a respite from pastures that are associated with animal performance and or health issues, such as facial eczema or endophyte toxins.
- Addressing soil fertility issues, pest problems, drainage and weed issues that may have been affecting the existing pasture.
- Taking the pressure off other pastures to help them recover and build root reserves before being grazed.
- Boosting dry matter production when added to mixes or as specific forage crops, such as turnips and grass.
Better farm profitability
Including a forage brassica in your farming system will help maintain a good rotation, but the main reason for choosing it is to improve farm profitability. High yielding crops can be grown, providing impressive gross margins based on current input costs and likely returns for primary products.
Depending on your farm’s location, brassicas can be sown from early spring through to autumn.
- Spring: forage rapes (SF Greenland), leafy turnips (SF Pacer), turnips (SF White Star, SF Envy) for summer feed and kale (SF Fuel) for winter feed.
- Summer: kale (SF Fuel), turnips (SF G2) and swedes for winter feed. Turnips (SF White Star, SF Envy) or late flowering rape (SF Greenland) for autumn feed.
- Autumn: forage rapes (SF Greenland) or turnips (SF White Star, SF G2) for late autumn to winter feed