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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