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Stubble Turnip

Swedes are an excellent high energy winter feed. They are a winter hardy crop that can produce high dry matter yields in cooler regions. Swedes are superior to turnips for frost hardiness and keeping quality, and so are often sown in upland areas. Most fodder swede crops are grazed in situ. It is advisable to use an electric fence to reduce wastage.

Swedes are low in protein and roughage and should be fed alongside silage or hay. Ensure sufficient minerals are being fed and clostridial vaccinations are used where needed.



Sowing time: April - June

Sowing rate:  350g-850g/ha (150g-350g/acre) Grade H

Direct drill: 3kg/ha (1kg/acre), Natural seed

Broadcast :5kg/ha (2kg/acre), Natural seed



Average DM yield: 8 - 10 tonne DM/ha

Dry Matter: 10 - 12%

Crude protein: 9 - 11% (leaves)

Digestibility: 70 – 75% (D value)

Metabolisable energy: 12.5 – 13 Mj/kg DM




Further Information

If you have any queries on aspects of fodder crops or wish to discuss your individual requirements just call one of our Drummonds Technical advisors who will be delighted to help.