Hybrid forage brassicas are becoming more popular because they offer many advantages over a rape or turnip crop. In general they offer better flexibility in sowing and grazing times.
A cross between a turnip and a rape Hunter is a quick-growing, leafy turnip with minimal bulb development. It is best suited to multiple grazings for summer and early-autumn feed requirements. A fast maturing forage brassica with the first grazing possible at 6-8 weeks. Hunter is an excellent quality forage capable of providing extremely high liveweight gain on animals. Bred for tolerance to turnip mosaic virus and cauliflower mosaic virus. This, combined with selecting for vigorous regrowth, has provided a variety with fast recovery from grazing and excellent ability to yield in the second, third and sometimes fourth regrowth cycle. Plants usually show good resistance to most clubroot races, but they are susceptible to drought and aphids, and are best suited to heavier soil conditions with periodic summer moisture or irrigation. Key Benefits & Features: • Early maturing, 6-8 weeks • Fast recovery from grazing with excellent subsequent yields Sowing Rate: 4-5 kg/ha, 2kg/ha in herb mixes Sowing Time: September to April (given moisture) Time to first grazing: 6 to 8 weeks Number of grazings: 2 to 4 Potential yield (depending on number of grazings): Up to 10 t DM/ha
Mainstar is a short type brassica that has excellent regrowth potential after grazing, giving it the ability to respond to moisture after long periods of summer dry. It has increased forage yields over other short type brassicas. Animal testing during the breeding process found Mainstar to have a higher leaf percentage and superior animal preference over other short type brassicas. Mainstar can be grazed 10-12 weeks after sowing. 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, 1-2 kg/ha in herb mixes Suggested Sowing Time: August to November (Spring sowing) or February to April (Autumn sowing) Time to first grazing: 10 to 12 weeks Number of grazings: 2 to 4 Potential yield: (depending on number of grazings) Up to 10 tDM/ha
A versatile, early maturing forage rape variety, Winfred is a cross between turnip and kale and a strong option for cheap feed. Demonstrating excellent regrowth potential, Winfred's flexibility allows it to perform well through summer and carry later into the season as winter feed if required. Its ability to withstand long dry spells coupled with a strong frost tolerance makes Winfred superior to most other brassicas. Key benefits & features: • Early maturing, 10-12 weeks • High leaf to stem ratio for excellent utilisation rates • Regrowth potential for 2-4 grazings • Tolerant of dry conditions once established • Ideal for summer, autumn and winter feed Sowing rate: 3-4 kg/ha Suggested sowing time: August to November and February to April Time to grazing: 10 to 12 weeks Number of grazings: 2 to 4 Potential yield (depending on number of grazings): Up to 10 t DM/ha