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The benefits of brassicas

If you’re looking for rapid weight gain in your stock and an effective approach to productive pasture management, Hobson Rape can be an excellent choice.

Great for weight gain Valley Seeds Hobson Rape has exceptional palatability – one of the reasons this Australian grown cultivar is used by farmers all over the world for human and animal consumption.

Quick growing, you’ll be grazing in 10-12 weeks with quality feed ideal for finishing cattle or fat lambs. NSW DPI suggests that when feeding stock with forage brassicas, growers can expect weight gains of 150-250 gm per head per day for lambs and 0.8 t 1.2 kg per head per day for growing cattle.[i]

Make the most of your soil’s moisture

A long taproot reaches further into your soil profile, and the plant is able to use its extensive root system to chase moisture so your crop will be resilient during drier years. This also makes forage brassicas an ideal forage crop to plant in spring, as its access to available moisture will help it survive in the hotter months.

Brassicas for pasture management

Planting forage brassicas is an alternative to leaving a paddock fallow. Preparation and sowing of forage brassicas helps with weed management by delaying seedset for grass and broadleaf weeds. Forage brassicas are also suitable for sowing with minimal till.

Forage brassicas can also be successfully undersown with pasture. NSW DPI suggests a sowing rate of approximately 3-5kg per hectare for forage rapes.

Reduce that by half to two thirds if undersowing with pasture. Depending on your location and climate we recommend a rounded feed option could include a mix of Hobson Forage Rape and EziGraze Grazing Oats for Autumn sowing and Hobson and Millet or Hobson and Amass for spring sowing.

For further information on grazing management and animal health issues, consult the NSW DPI Agfact sheet Forage brassicas – quality crops for livestock production

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Agfact P2.1.13 ‘Forage brassicas – quality crops for livestock production

Disease management

‘Biofumigation’ is a well-known property of brassicas. Often used as a rotation crop in horticulture, brassicas exude naturally occurring chemicals called glucosinolates that inhibit the growth of a number of soilborne diseases and pathogens (organisms known to cause disease).

This attribute is another excellent reason to consider including them in your pasture planning and rotation. Hobson Rape is a preferred brassica for grazing due to exceptional palatability.

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