Feeding Management

Animal performance can be enhanced by good feeding management. It is important to ensure these feeding guidelines are followed.

ALERT: As with any brassica, Pallaton can be associated with brassica related animal health problems such as ruminal acidosis, photosensitivity, nitrate toxicity and brassica bloat. Contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns.

1. Transition animals on to Pallaton Raphno®

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.


2. At all times, give animals access to water

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.

3. Feed extra fibre prior to and while grazing Pallaton, and feed as part of a balanced diet

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:

  • More chewing and increased salivation to help maintain rumen pH
  • Slower flow of feed through the rumen and gut for more effective rumen fermentation
  • Increased cud chewing for more effective digestion which will help prevent gorging and help rumen microbes adjust to the feed and help maintain normal rumen fermentation

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.

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