Swedes

They are an excellent choice for producing a large dry matter yield that can be fed to sheep, dairy, and beef cattle. With their high dry matter, they are particularly winter hardy making them ideal for post-Christmas grazing. They can grow on a range of different soils with a pH of 6.5 targeted. In most cases, they are precision sown but can be broadcast however this will lead to much greater variation. As they are a full season crop, they should be sown from April through to early June to get the potential out of them and avoid the drier parts of the season that might delay germination. Fertiliser should be applied at time of sowing into the seedbed. Care must be taken to avoid clubroot and should be grown after at least a 5-year break in brassica production to ensure they do not develop misshapen roots. The crop should be monitored for potential pests such as flea beetle and quickly treated if necessary. For it to be fully utilized and avoid wastage it should be stripped grazed.
Can be fed to sheep, dairy & beef cattle
High energy winter grazing, winter hardy, high energy
Highest utilisable yield out of all the forage crops
Ideal for finishing lambs
pH around 6.5
Low production costs & cost effective

Sowing Rates

100-325g per acre

Sowing Period

May

Utilisation Period

September to February

Swedes
High (DM%)
Better winter hardiness & suitable for long keep systems (Jan-Feb)
Medium (DM%)
Large DM yields & easily eaten (Nov-Jan)
Low (DM%)
Earlier to bulk (Oct-Dec)

All Swedes Varieties

Invitation

Invitation is a very uniform, clubroot resistant variety, ideal for utilisation after Christmas.
Type
Forage
Relative DM Yield %
106
Relative Fresh Yield %
94
DM Content %
12.6
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Magres

Magres is the professionals choice, grown in the UK as a uniform purple swede with a flexible harvest date.
Type
Culinary
Relative DM Yield %
100
Relative Fresh Yield %
93
DM Content %
12.2
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Triumph

Triumph is a newer swede that combines very high yields with optimum bulb dry matter and good winter leaf retention.
Type
Forage
Relative DM Yield %
-
Relative Fresh Yield %
-
DM Content %
13.9
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Lomond

High fresh and dry yields make this variety ideal for finishing lambs post Christmas.
Type
Dual Purpose
Relative DM Yield %
111
Relative Fresh Yield %
109
DM Content %
11.3
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Gowrie

Gowrie is a variety bred in Scotland and can be utilised pre or post Christmas.
Type
Dual Purpose
Relative DM Yield %
118
Relative Fresh Yield %
119
DM Content %
11
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Kenmore

Kenmore produces large globe shaped bulbs, with bronze skin and white flesh.
Type
Forage
Relative DM Yield %
-
Relative Fresh Yield %
-
DM Content %
-
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Airlie

Airlie is a dual purpose variety that produces large fresh yields.
Type
Dual Purpose
Relative DM Yield %
-
Relative Fresh Yield %
-
DM Content %
-
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Crop Suitability

Dairy
Sheep
Graze in Situ
Zero Grazing
Beef
Pig
Ensile
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