Growing fodder crops is an increasingly good way of cutting the production costs on farms. At DLF we understand that each farm has its own requirements, so we provide a wide variety of fodder crops. 

Or view our brochure here for catch crops and forage crops

    

 

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FORAGE RAPE

Forage Rape

                                        Yield and Feed Quality
Average Dry Matter Yield
3.5-4.5t/ha
Average Fresh Yield
25-35/ha 
Dry Matter
12-13%
Crude Protein
19-20%
Energy (ME)
11Mj/kg
Digestibility Value
65% DMD

                                      Growing Costs
Growing Costs
€673/ha*
Fresh Weight
€11.26/t
(@42/ha fresh weight yield.)
Dry Matter
€0.14c/kg
*as per Teagasc Crops Cost and Returns 2021
                                          Sowing Information
Sowing Period​
May to August
Direct Drill​
6kg/ha
Broadcast Drill
8kg/ha

 

DLF VARIETY PORTFOLIO

   
Variety    

Interval

Hobson

Rampart

When it comes to filling the gap in your winter feed programme, Interval rape/kale hybrid can boost your profits.
 
Interval’s exceptional yield potential, disease resistance and palatability, is ideal for finishing lambs or dairy cows.
 
Interval is very fast to establish with some crops ready to utilise within 10-12 weeks of sowing.
 
 
 
Hobson is the variety for finishing lambs. It has excellent resistance to powdery mildew.
 
It can be sown in either spring, early summer or after cereals. This pffers excellent potential for extra tonnes of valuable dry matter, when required in these critical periods.
 
Hobson is very platable and digestible.
 
 
 
 
A new generation of forage rape, Rampart has been bred with feed quality enhancements.
 
This along with its high yield potential and winter hardiness will enable growers to find extra flexibility when feeding the crop.
 
Rampart is suitable for both dairy and sheep production and is ready to feed 12-14 weeks after sowing
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Forage Rape has the advantage of being a very fast-growing crop suitable for grazing by sheep or cattle. It is an ideal catch crop for boosting midsummer forage production for livestock farmers when planted in the spring, and it is also suitable for fattening lambs in the autumn/winter.

Forage rape extends the grazing season in the autumn and is superb for growing livestock. It is better to strip graze to avoid excessive wastage. Forage Rape can be mixed with stubble turnips and kale to combine the many benefits of these crops. 

WHY GROW FORAGE RAPE?

  • Fast growing, leafy catch crop
  • Flexible sowing period
  • High protein content
  • Finishing lambs
  • Longer lasting than stubble turnips
  • Sheep, dairy or beef production
  • Winter hardy hybrids available

SOIL TYPE/SITE SELECTION:

As most crops are grazed in situ, a free draining, light loam with a pH of 6-6.5 is ideal. Forage rape has a very vigorous growth habit and is very often used in upland reclamation projects where its ability to survive and grow on relatively poor soils and exposed sites is well known.

SEEDBED & SOWING METHODS:

Forage rape makes an excellent break crop between grass leys; if this rotation is used, a firm, fine seedbed is required. Forage rape can also be sown after cereal harvest where tined cultivations,

disking or rotavating will suffice. Whichever method you choose, rolling after sowing will consolidate the seedbed and help reduce moisture loss. Seed should be drilled at 6kg/ha or broadcast at 8kg/ha.

FERTILISER:

Forage rape will benefit from applications of farmyard manure or slurry before sowing. If this is unavailable, then 60-90kg of nitrogen, 25kg P and 25kg K per hectare into the seedbed should

be enough for the crop. If the crop looks ‘hungry’ after 4-5 weeks from sowing, then a top dressing of 75kg/ha of nitrogen can be applied. A high application of N can be detrimental to stock intakes.

FEEDING:

Forage rape crops can be ready to utilise between 12-14 weeks from sowing. They are ideally used for finishing lambs or flushing ewes and can be lightly grazed by cattle. As with any brassica crop, feeding should be introduced gradually over a 2-week period. Ideally, there should be an area of grassland to allow stock to ‘run back’ onto, along with access to hay or straw and water. Forage rape is also the ideal companion to stubble turnips. The two sown together can be fed successfully with the forage rape, adding extra crude protein content and winter hardiness.

AS A COMPANION CROP:

Many farmers have successfully mixed approximately 250-500g of forage rape seed into their grass seed mixtures, allowing them to be grazed while the young grass seedlings continue to establish underneath.

Forage rape can also be mixed with Italian ryegrass to create a cleaner autumn keep