Brassica crops such as kale, forage rape, stubble turnips, swedes and new kale/rape hybrids can provide nutritious, cost-effective feeds for sheep and growing/finishing lambs with high dry matter yields being produced quickly.
The crops can be used for out-wintering, to extend the grazing season, or to help fill a forage gap in dry summers. Out-wintering on brassicas can allow more animals to be kept, with reduced feed costs by grazing in situ. Fodder beet, although technically not a brassica, can also be grazed in situ.
Brassicas should always be fed with ab lib forage, preferably as silage or hay to maintain a good rumen scratch factor. Supplementary concentrates are generally not needed when grazing brassicas, but a source of supplementary minerals will be required to balance the nutrient deficits within the crop.
Crystalyx Sheep Beet Balancer has been formulated to complement and balance a high brassica or fodder beet diet when supplemented with adequate forage as a source of fibre.