Mainstar

Forage Rape

Mainstar Forage Rape

Enterprise Type

Sowing Rate

3-4 kg/ha

500mm+

Mainstar forage rape is Agricom's new summer crop option for farmers looking to be more productive and icrease efficiency in their farming systems.

Key features:

  • Early maturing, 10-12 weeks
  • Highly palatable
  • Excellect regrowth potential
  • Tolerant to aphids
  • High leaf percentage and superior animal preference

Sowing rate:

  • 3-4 kg/ha alone 

Mainstar forage rape has been extensively trialled under animal grazing systems with excellent farmer feedback reinforcing our trial results, Mainstar was chosen to be the next step in the forage rape market.

Early users of Mainstar forage rape have experienced the standout characteristics from our early trial work. Mainstar in its first season of performance has been defined by very leafy crops that are highly palatable, has excellent regrowth potential and has tolerated aphid attack better compared to other brassicas on the same farms.

The most talked about point of Mainstar forage rape is that its stock acceptance has been outstanding. This improves acceptance is due to increased palatability which results in the animal making more meat, wool, or milk. Mainstar has very high levels of edible drymatter and when Mainstar is grazed hard, the plants have the ability to recover and provide strong regrowth for multiple grazing's, a valuable trait for our farming systems.

Mainstar Uses

  • Young-stock finishing in early summer
    Feed for post-weaning period, where feed demands increase at a time when pasture declines
  • Min-late summer 'safe' feed for all stock classes
    Feed at a time when pastures are of a low quality and low moisture levels are impacting on pasture growth. This helps avoid stock health issues related to endophyte effects, worms, facial eczema etc.
  • Autumn feed
    To support an increased stocking rate, required when paddocks are removed for pasture renewal
  • Winter feed
    Maintenance feed for stock when pasture growth is limited, allows stock to be held on small areas, thereby building the amount of valuable and high-quality early spring feed
  • Winter stock-finishing
    Large quantities of quality feed suitable for finishing, e.g. cattle and winter-lamb contracts
  • Break crop for renovation program of sub-standard pastures
    If managed will, forage crops will provide a significant drymatter contribution, with minimal time out of production. It is also a very useful system for assisting in weed and disease clean-up for pre-pasture establishment, and a good opportunity for improving fertility status

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