Forage brassica crops are an ideal complementary feed, especially when pasture quality and quantity declines. Offering high value feed and yield during summer and winter, brassicas also play an important role in a pasture renewal programme.
While brassica crops are generally utilised for the quality and quantity of feed that they can produce, they can also provide other benefits for soil, pasture and crop health by acting as a break crop. Forage brassica crops are ideal to break pest and disease cycles, break in new ground and for breaking standard endophyte cycles prior to sowing novel endophyte grasses.
An ideal option for farmers wishing to grow high quality feed for their livestock system
Brassica forage crops are high yielding and highly digestible, allowing the farmer to maintain or increase stock carrying capacity during periods of feed deficits or when pasture quality is limited.
There is a brassica forage crop just right for most situations. Forage crops can be used to:
Many brassica crops fail to reach their potential so to ensure optimum performance it is important to manage crops well.
Using forage brassicas helps avoid parasites and pathogens that cause animal health problems such as facial eczema and ryegrass staggers.
Brassica forage crops also offer benefits for soil, pasture and crop health by acting as a break crop to: