Turnips have the potential to provide an enormous amount of feed, with both the tops and bulb able to be utilised.
Australian Purple Top
A summer feed option for dryland conditions, Australian Purple Top was selected from the English-bred Mammoth Purple Top turnip as a certified alternative. With 12-14 weeks to mature, it is a high yielding choice and demonstrates improved drought and diamondback moth tolerance. APT has true leafy tops and large round bulbs. Sowing rate: 1-2 kg/ha
New York Turnip
White-fleshed, purple-skinned and oval-bulbed, New York is a late-maturity winter turnip. It is distinguished by having a full leaf with large bulb development, and can be sown as early-winter feed with annual or Italian ryegrass. New York has been tested and performed strongly as a late-holding summer turnip, but should never make up more than one third of a cow’s diet. Sowing rate: 1-2 kg/ha
Rival summer turnip is a mid-maturing tankard-shaped bulb turnip bred for high leaf production and improved turnip mosaic virus tolerance. Rival summer turnip provides high volumes of high energy, high protein and low fibre forage at a time of year when fibre content of pastures are increasing, and energy and protein are decreasing. Maturity is 10-12 weeks.