Fastest growing forage crop?

Granite Farmer

Mixed Farmer
I have a field that has had cattle out wintered on it. I would like to reseed it in the Autumn. So i would like something growing in there in the meantime that can be grazed.


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Charles Quick

BASE UK Member
Forage peas, sunflowers and sudangrass? Maybe throw some phacelia and berseem clover in as well.
You would probably have to graze it directly. But it ought to grow above 6ft by August and be great for the soil and the bees

Farmer Roy

Arable Farmer
Pretty sure sudangrass is toxic to cattle??
I may be wrong though

used quite a bit here as a summer forage crop for cattle. sorghum ( very popular here ) is probably a higher risk, but generally only if the crop is under a lot of moisture stress


here is some info of prussic acid poisoning for anyone interested

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Mixed Farmer
Hybrid rape as break crop and then reseed with something like Barmix from @Great In Grass

Did the same last year and the new grass ley at moment is romping away.

That was a very very old perm pasture field that was doing no performance.

Limed it, DD,d redstart into it start of may. Weaned lambs onto it that grew like weeds. DD’d the grass into it in September.

Grazed it lightly with ewes and lambs in March, now shut up for a cut.
Ive done just that last year - Forage rye, some peas and grass seed sweepings from the shed - sown mid april into chained grass that was weakly sprayed (I dont mind abit growing back the forage rye was through fast anyway).
Baled 14. heavy 4fts to the acre of hayledge type feed mid june, the regrowth was very strong and lambs rocketed on it - crashed and went thin by mid july and rolled black oats in, should of cut them in OCT but grazed them instead, huge volume and the soil worked lush for a good 5y resseed last month.

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...