Pallaton is typically a very palatable brassica, so stock acceptance can be relatively quick compared to other brassicas. However, it is still important to allow animals and their rumen time to adjust to a change in feed.
Sudden unrestricted access can upset the balance of rumen microbes, resulting in poor animal performance, causing issues such as scouring and acidosis. Start by grazing the crop for no more than 1-2 hours per day, building up to a maximum allowance over at least 7-10 days. Ensure animals do not go onto crops hungry.
Although the water content in brassicas is high, it is recommended that animals always have access to fresh water, as limited water intake will cause an animal’s dry matter intake to decline.
Pallaton is highly digestible and does not contain much ‘effective fibre’. Offer animals a source of fibre while grazing crops and ensure the fibre source is good quality.
Feeding extra fibre means:
Once transition is complete:
*Runoff pasture may not provide adequate fibre intake for large animals like cattle; therefore it is recommended that a quality fibre supplement is offered.