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 from 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.
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.
Forage rape - A reliable, fast growing brassica for livestock grazing. Provides high yields of high energy feed. Reasonable winter hardiness. Hybrid - A hybrid brassica with kale and rape parentage. Resultant hybrid vigour plus kale winterhardiness and rape yield potential offers a potential advantage.