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Forage & Roots Crops

Rising feed costs have brought about renewed interest in forage crops.

Forage crops have the potential to produce very high yields over a short growing season, combined with a flexible sowing window from early summer to the beginning of August. These crops can be fed ten to fourteen weeks from sowing.

Root and forage crops can be fed to all classes of livestock, either for milk production or live weight gain and are suitable for organic and conventional farming.

These crops demand relatively modest inputs of agrochemicals and fertiliser. With their high dry-matter yields, production costs compare favourably with those for conserved grass, maize and whole-crop cereals.

With all forage crops, stock should be introduced gradually over a 2-3 week period. Ideally there should be an area of grassland to allow stock to ‘run back’ onto or have access to grass silage. Access to hay or straw and water is very important. Recommended inclusion rates of forage crops should be between 35-50% of total dry matter intake.

At Watson Seeds we have selected from the plant breeders forage crop varieties which will give our customers a flexible range of crops, thus offering a suitable option for almost every farm situation.

For more information on forage & roots please download our information booklet below or contact us to request one to be sent out

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Kale

MAIN CROP

Kale is a low cost option for finishing lambs, can be used for buffer feed for dairy cows during dry summers and can be used for out-wintering systems.

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Main Crop Turnip

MAIN CROP

Main Crop Turnips are similar to swedes but can be sown later.

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Stubble Turnips

CATCH CROP

Stubble Turnips can provide a summer buffer for dairy cows or good autumn or winter feed for sheep or cattle.

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Swedes

MAIN CROP

Swedes can be fed to sheep, dairy and cattle. They are ideal for finishing lambs.

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Forage Rape

CATCH CROP

Forage Rape is ideal for fattening lambs or flushing ewes but can be lightly grazed by cattle.

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Rape/Kale Hybrid

CATCH CROP

Rape/Kale Hybrid gives high energy grazing for cattle or sheep and can be used for summer, autumn or winter grazing. Can be sown later than Kale and is ideal for out-wintering systems.

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Forage Mixtures

Our specially formulated Rape, Kale and Rape/Kale Hybrid mixtures.

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