Use root crops to finish lambs over winter

Posted: 1st February 2012

Many livestock farmers plant brassica root crops over winter to supplement winter grazing. To make the most of this highly nutritious crop - and finish lambs quickly - is fairly simple. To minimise wastage and ensure the leaf and bulb of stubble turnips is eaten any field of stubble turnips should ...
A new £3.5million research project, Legume Plus, led by Dr. Irene Mueller-Harvey of Reading University got underway last week (23-27 January 2012) in the Netherlands. The four year project will focus on sainfoin, birdsfoot trefoil and red clover with an emphasis on plant ...
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