Pasja II – the brassica to choose when fast, high quality spring/summer/autumn feed is needed for your stock. Pasja II combines early maturity with yield and the option for multiple grazings, providing quality fast feed you can rely on.
Pasja leafy turnip has been a strong performing forage brassica in Australia for many years. Therefore, it was important to ensure that the traits that made the original Pasja such a favourite variety were kept and improved on when breeding and selecting for Pasja II. Key traits such as seedling vigour, speed to the first grazing, multiple grazing opportunities and overall yield have all been a focus in the breeding of Pasja II.
A significant trait improvement which Pasja II has over the original Pasja is its reduced bolting. Bolting is the presence of yellow flowers and the plant going from vegetative growth to reproductive growth. It reduces feed quality, feed intake and overall yield which all lead to reduced animal performance and productivity. The bolting of Pasja II is much less than with the original Pasja which makes Pasja II a much more flexible variety.
Feeding a good quality fibre source to all ruminants aids digestion when utilising high quality feed such as forage brassicas. The purpose of the fibre is to encourage the animal to chew. The chewing encourages salivation, a rich source of sodium bicarbonate, which acts as a buffer to help balance the acids produced during fermentation in the gut.
Fibre also helps with firming up liquid dung that is often seen when animals are grazing high quality feed. All of these factors combined, aids with improving the overall productivity of the grazing animal to get the most out of forage brassicas.
Ensure that excellent seed to soil contact is established when sowing Pasja II given that it is a small seed like all forage brassica varieties. This can be achieved either through a conventional method of cultivation prior to sowing or through a direct drill approach.
With either method, the use of a roller and/or press wheels should create the ideal contact between the seed and the soil. This will ensure that germination is even and consistent as well as available moisture being directed to the area where the seed is located.
Sowing depth is critical and is it important to make sure that the seed is not sown any deeper than 10mm. Any deeper and the seedling will take longer to emerge above the soil surface as well as expend extra energy resources during the germination process.
Minimum 500mm rainfall per annum unless irrigated