Sheep: Begin grazing Pallaton at 25cm (this can also be measured by roughly middle of shin/top of gumboot) and stop grazing between 5 and 10cm.
Cattle: Begin grazing Pallaton at 40/45cm (this can also be measured by roughly knee height) and stop grazing between 5 and 10cm.
Rotational grazing, strip grazing or set stocking grazing management protocols will need to be implemented for stock grazing Pallaton Raphno®.
If you don’t have lambs on hand when Pallaton is ready to graze, consider another stock class such as ewes. Ewes will help ‘open up’ the crop which can be very beneficial for introducing lambs to the crop afterwards.
Stocking rate is very important to get right. Understocking will result in poorer utilisation and risk of losing quality, while overstocking may see you run short of feed.
If you can’t go early, not all is lost. It may mean you can carry a higher yield forward to a period when you require it. However, adjust your expectations and understand your regrowth potential, crop utilisation and/or crop feed quality may be compromised.
"Pallaton is a highly adaptable plant, but it is important to communicate to growers that it requires additional attention to detail in comparison to traditional forage brassicas, most importantly fertiliser and grazing management. Pallaton isn’t just a forage rape where growers can expect 1-2 grazings; this plant has incredible regrowth characteristics, produces more dry matter when grazed regularly and responds quickly to rainfall due to its taproot. On average growers will see between 3-5 grazings from Pallaton.
In comparison to other forage brassicas, Pallaton needs to be grazed more regularly. When grazing with lambs, we like to see growers start to graze at 56DAS, getting through the crop within 30 days. As a result of Pallaton’s growth under foot, agronomists need to rethink how they calculate yield and stocking rates. If measuring the yield at 3tDM/ha at day 56, expect the yield to be a lot higher (4-5tDM/ha ) by the time the grower finishes the first grazing. Recommending to stock higher than the initial yield at day 56 is essential, as it’s a crucial step in helping to utilise the dry matter on offer."