Hardy Root Mixture
Combining different brassicas together in a mixture is often beneficial as the crop is more reliable and higher yielding. This longer term mixture is sown between April and the end of June. It needs 20 weeks or more to produce its full yield. This crop will provide winter hardy keep until February or March. Three acres feeds 150 sheep (complete diet) or 75 cows (quarter of diet) for a month.
|Contents per Acre||%||kg|
|certified PINFOLD kale||40.0||0.60|
|certified MASSIF hardy/maincrop turnip||46.7||0.70|
|certified GOWRIE swede||13.3||0.20|
Hardy / Maincrop Turnip
Main crop turnips are one of the most winter hardy forage brassica species, they are commonly also known as hardy turnip. They allow livestock, usually sheep or cattle to be grazed later into the winter or early into the spring. Other less winter hardy species may have been adversely affected by frost, causing them to go soft and spoil in the ground.
Kale is the highest yielding brassica and being winter hardy, can relieve pressure on winter forage. It has a high protein content and is usually grazed between September and March, depending on sowing time. It can be grazed by most livestock including sheep and cattle.