Fodder Catch Crops

Fodder Catch Crops can play a key role in reducing reliance on bought in feed and therefore reducing overall livestock production costs. They also play an important part in crop rotation and extending the growing season.

Catch Crop Mixtures

Catch crop mixtures combine the benefits of stubble turnips, forage rape, maincrop turnips, kale and grasses. They excellent for fattening lambs during autumn and winter and providing winter keep for all stock. These mixtures have been in great demand over recent...

Fodder Beet

An excellent supplement to grass silage and is well suited to the UK climate.The roots are very palatable to stock and have superb feed quality. Specialist harvesting equipment is required to lift the roots and storage is required. Some varieties with a high...

Fodder Rape

Forage Rape is a fast growing, flexible and very economical, leafy catch crop with a high protein content. It is ideal for all stock classes especially finishing off lambs. Many farmers successfully mix rape in with their grass seed mixes (250 - 500g/acre) to allow...

Grazing Ryecorn

Ryecorn starts to grow at lower soil temperatures than Italian ryegrass so is especially suitable for the earaliest spring bite for dairy cows, ewes and lambs.Well drained soils that worm up early in the spring are essential. The crop grows away quickly, soon becoming...

Kale

Kale is a brassica traditionally grown for grazing by livestock in the autumn and winter. It can also be cut and fed to stock ‘in house’ or as an alternative can be ensiled as big bale kaleage. When feeding in the field it is best strip grazed to avoid excessive...

Stubble Turnips

Stubble Turnips are a fast growing catch crop, popular with livestock farmers. They may be sown after first cut silage for summer grazing or after winter cereals for autumn usage. When planting a large acreage it is advisable to stagger sowing dates, increasing the...

Swedes

Swedes make an excellent high energy winter feed with low production costs.Seed is available as natural or graded (H) for precision drilling. Varieties are generally classed as fodder or culinary but some are dual purpose.Sowing Date Guide: May - Mid JulySowing Rate...

Turnips

Maincrop Turnips are an attractive source of very palatable and easy to digest fodder. Both cattle & sheep should be introduced gradually to the crop and between grazings should have access to grass or silage. It is also advisable to have hay or straw available,...