Forage rape stalks

Great In Grass

Member
Location
Cornwall.
Choose the correct variety as many kales are derived from (giant) game cover varieties which equate to thick stems.

New varieties like Sovereign which has been trialed by the SAC in Aberdeen are ideal and do not produce large thick stems even when planted at a lower density, therefore increasing palatability.
 

Dave6170

Member
Its interval Italian mix we have been sowing, the rape has gone crazy last couple of years. I ll adjust things for next year.
Just wondering will something eat the stalks?
 

Bury the Trash

Member
Mixed Farmer
Leaves are higher protein and energy pro rata digestabilty.

Stalks are less protein content more for energy( if they will eat them ) and way higher dry matter less digestible and undigestible fibre in comparison
So pretty good balance if eaten evenly.

Ploughed in it's good for som as well so theres no real loss but there can be a few upsticky bits :whistle:
Unles they're topped before , buv that's more cost....
 
Last edited:

Bury the Trash

Member
Mixed Farmer
Never been a fan of Rape . To much waste end of
Stubble turnips far superior
Yeah but still can be residue for the next crop, so good winter cover anyway(y)

I dont like the way they can bang udders on bagging up or lactating ewes either... apart from that .....


Hmmm Feeding of S. Turnips is only better in that way ...as long as the bulbs are anchored well enough :unsure:
 

Dave6170

Member
Probably sowed it a bit early aswell. But had to take the chance and get it in the ground.
Just finished reading dirt to soil so not a total waste of plant material.
How tight does everyone else graze theirs?
 
Location
Ceredigion
Yeah but still can be residue for the next crop, so good winter cover anyway(y)

I dont like the way they can bang udders on bagging up or lactating ewes either... apart from that .....


Hmmm Feeding of S. Turnips is only better in that way ...as long as the bulbs are anchored well enough :unsure:
I've never had any waste with turnips .in March drag a triple k through it . Will drag any roots left up to the top then put the store cattle on . Will eat every last bit
received_3541904259227529.jpg
received_1291245057877128.jpg
 

In conversation with a soil health pioneer

  • 255
  • 3


In conversation with a soil health pioneer

Written by Janet Hughes



https://www.buzzsprout.com/1657363/8311877-janet-hughes-and-gabe-brown-the-six-principles-of-soil-health.mp3

In this month's Future Farming podcast, Janet Hughes talks to Gabe Brown.

Gabe has been named one of the twenty-five most influential agricultural leaders in the United States. He farms at...
Top