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Alternative fodder source and a useful breakcrop

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Alternative fodder source and a useful breakcrop

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Add a Fodder Brassica to the Rotation

Fodder crops provide useful green forage when grass is restricted. They also make crop rotation work. Once the decision has been made to break up a ley or pasture, many farmers sow a brassica crop. These are not troubled by grass pests or diseases and thrive on the nitrate released by the decaying sward.

Brassicas quickly produce a crop for grazing. Some farmers apply muck or fertiliser to the crop, making it as productive as possible. This feeds a larger number of livestock, so returning more dung to the soil, making the most of a very beneficial cycle.

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Early Fold Root Mixture

Ref: MIXEF
Sowing rate: 2 kg per acre (5 kg/ha, 0.5 g/m²)

Sown either in the spring for mid-summer grazing or after cereals for autumn/early winter use. This is a fast growing mixture capable of producing up to 45 tonnes per hectare with a dry matter content of 10% in approximately 10-12 weeks. Three acres feeds 100 sheep (complete diet) or 50 cows (quarter of diet) for a month.

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1.50kg (75%)
certified SAMSON stubble turnip
0.50kg (25%)
certified GREENLAND forage rape
3.75 kg (75%)
certified SAMSON stubble turnip
1.25 kg (25%)
certified GREENLAND forage rape
0.75 kg (75%)
certified SAMSON stubble turnip
0.25 kg (25%)
certified GREENLAND forage rape
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Hardy Root Mixture

Ref: MIXHR
Sowing rate: 1.5 kg per acre (3.75 kg/ha, 0.375 g/m²)

Combining different brassicas together in a mixture is often beneficial as the crop is more reliable and higher yielding. This longer term mixture is sown between April and the end of June. It needs 20 weeks or more to produce its full yield. This crop will provide winter hardy keep until February or March. Three acres feeds 150 sheep (complete diet) or 75 cows (quarter of diet) for a month.

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0.60kg (40%)
certified PINFOLD kale
0.70kg (46.7%)
certified MASSIF turnip
0.20kg (13.3%)
certified GOWRIE swede
1.5 kg (40%)
certified PINFOLD kale
1.75 kg (46.7%)
certified MASSIF turnip
0.5 kg (13.3%)
certified GOWRIE swede
0.4 kg (40%)
certified PINFOLD kale
0.47 kg (46.7%)
certified MASSIF turnip
0.13 kg (13.3%)
certified GOWRIE swede
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Stubble Turnip

Ref: SAMSOND
Sowing rate: 2 kg per acre (5 kg/ha, 0.5 g/m²)

Turnips are grown in most areas of the UK as a highly digestible catch crop, producing around 4.5t DM per hectare within 10-12 weeks from sowing. Early sowing from late April produces heavy crops for dairy grazing or for fattening lambs weaned off grass from July onwards. Sowing also takes place throughout the summer until late August for feed through until January.

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2.00kg (100%)
certified SAMSON stubble turnip
5 kg (100%)
certified SAMSON stubble turnip
1 kg (100%)
certified SAMSON stubble turnip
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Maincrop Turnip

Ref: GTS
Sowing rate: 2 kg per acre (5 kg/ha, 0.5 g/m²)

This is the hardier type of turnip which requires 20 weeks growth and is suitable for grazing late into the winter. Hardy turnips yield around 6t DM per hectare which is a third more than stubble turnips. Hardy turnips are sown from May - July. Sow at 2 kg per acre (5 kg/hectare).

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2.00kg (100%)
certified GREEN TOP SCOTCH hardy turnip
5 kg (100%)
certified GREEN TOP SCOTCH hardy turnip
1 kg (100%)
certified GREEN TOP SCOTCH hardy turnip
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Kale

Ref: PIN
Sowing rate: 2 kg per acre (5 kg/ha, 0.5 g/m²)

Kale is the highest yielding brassica and, being winter hardy, can relieve pressure on winter forage. It has a high protein content and is usually grazed between September and March, depending on sowing time. Kale is grown in England, Scotland and eastern parts of Wales. Seed is sown between April and June. Twenty weeks are required to grow a full crop. Sow at 2 kg per acre (5 kg/hectare).

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2.00kg (100%)
certified PINFOLD kale
5 kg (100%)
certified PINFOLD kale
1 kg (100%)
certified PINFOLD kale
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Swede

Ref: GOWR
Sowing rate: 1.5 kg per acre (3.75 kg/ha, 0.375 g/m²)

This crop is ideally suited to cooler, wetter parts of the north and west of Britain. Swedes are superior to turnips for frost hardiness and keeping quality. Sowing should take place from early April until mid-June. Natural seed is sown at 1.5 kg per acre (4 kg/hectare).

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1.50kg (100%)
certified GOWRIE swede
3.75 kg (100%)
certified GOWRIE swede
1 kg (100%)
certified GOWRIE swede
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Forage Rape

Ref: HOB
Sowing rate: 4 kg per acre (10 kg/ha, 1 g/m²)

Forage rape is a quick growing, protein-rich green forage, with similar yields to stubble turnips. It is sown from April to August to provide forage 12 weeks later. In most years it can be relied upon to produce forage until Christmas. It makes an excellent feed for lambs and tolerates poor soils so can be used as a pioneer crop in upland situations.

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4.00kg (100%)
certified HOBSON forage rape
10 kg (100%)
certified HOBSON forage rape
1 kg (100%)
certified HOBSON forage rape
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Hybrid Rape/Kale

Ref: REDST
Sowing rate: 3 kg per acre (7.5 kg/ha, 0.75 g/m²)

Introduced to capitalise on the benefits of both rape and kale, this new fodder crop is ready in 12 weeks from drilling.  Many farmers favour this crop as it can offer good regrowth potential.

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3.00kg (100%)
certified Redstart hybrid rape/kale
7.5 kg (100%)
certified Redstart hybrid rape/kale
1 kg (100%)
certified Redstart hybrid rape/kale