Grazing swede tops with lambs

Bald n Grumpy

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Livestock Farmer
I know it's been discussed before but I can't find it.
Swedes have a good top on this year and was thinking of biting it of with lambs, before the ewes start on swedes around Christmas. Pulled them last year but this year they can do it themselves , thought electric fencing would be easier with the tops gone. Any thoughts ?
 
Location
Ceredigion
I used to fatten 1000 lambs on swede tops , they won't touch the roots untill tops have gone , if you leave them for a while then tops will grow back , it's works fantastic, don't put ewes on as they will go straight for the roots if they had roots before, don't put a fence as holding them tight will encourage them to eat roots , give them the lot , I had 1000 lambs on 40 acre, That would normally be from November through to December , lambs came off once tops were gone , then I started harvesting through till march,
 
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Location
Ceredigion
Maincrop turnips here
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neilo

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
mine have got Mildew as well butactually far worse than that in a large ish area of a field :cry:

Mildew? Or Alternaria?

Mine had alternaria bad last year, which stripped all the leaves off just after they’d recovered from the sawfly attack. The first frost saw it off, then a few fresh leaves came back. The result was the bulbs not filling through the Autumn.

I may have spilt some OSR fungicide on it when it started this year, which stopped the fungal disease and it’s still in full leaf and building roots (now it’s had a drink). An extra cost though, of course, but I wouldn’t hesitate to repeat another year.
 
Location
Ceredigion
Mildew? Or Alternaria?

Mine had alternaria bad last year, which stripped all the leaves off just after they’d recovered from the sawfly attack. The first frost saw it off, then a few fresh leaves came back. The result was the bulbs not filling through the Autumn.

I may have spilt some OSR fungicide on it when it started this year, which stopped the fungal disease and it’s still in full leaf and building roots (now it’s had a drink). An extra cost though, of course, but I wouldn’t hesitate to repeat another year.
Whatever is on mine it is recovering now
 

Bury the Trash

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Mixed Farmer
Mildew? Or Alternaria?

Mine had alternaria bad last year, which stripped all the leaves off just after they’d recovered from the sawfly attack. The first frost saw it off, then a few fresh leaves came back. The result was the bulbs not filling through the Autumn.

I may have spilt some OSR fungicide on it when it started this year, which stopped the fungal disease and it’s still in full leaf and building roots (now it’s had a drink). An extra cost though, of course, but I wouldn’t hesitate to repeat another year.
yes, from a distance it looks like /could be one or the other ill have a close look later. its been devastated atm that's for sure,came across it about 2/3 weeks ago.
 

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