- Early maturing, 10-12 weeks to first grazing
- High leaf-to-stem ratio for excellent utilisation rates
- Regrowth potential for 3-4 grazings
- Retains leaf and stem quality in frost and cold conditions
- Tolerant of dry conditions once established
- Ideal for summer, autumn and winter feed
- Ideal alternative to canola in cereal cropping rotation
Winfred forage brassica is a cross between a turnip and kale, generally termed a rape. Traditionally rape has been used as a summer lamb-finishing crop and ewe flushing feed. However Winfred has good frost tolerance and better regrowth potential than other rapes, extending grazing times from early summer to late winter.
Winfred is a very versatile brassica, being suitable for a wide range of soil fertility and environmental conditions, stock classes and sowing times.
Winfred has the ability to be grazed up to three times through summer and early autumn, at which time it is regularly shut up and carried into winter as a winter feed. The direct drilling of annual ryegrass into this regrowth Winfred in early-mid autumn is an option. This differs from many existing rapes, which often have longer ripening requirements and are grazed later, providing less opportunity for multiple regrowths.
Due to its early grazing and multiple opportunities to graze regrowth, Winfred can be sown with Tonic plantain, chicory and red and white clover, providing a spring sown crop that may last at least 12, if not 18, months.
|Suggested sowing time:||July to September
February to May
|Suggested sowing rate alone:||
|Time to first grazing:||10 to 12 weeks|
|Number of grazings:||2 to 4|
(depending on number of grazings)
|Up to 10 t/ha|