Dairy support has three main functions in the support of a high-performance dairy platform:
Below is a good example of options that fit in a rotation that includes some key forage opportunities on a dairy support runoff or farm:
Summer turnips such as Rival, sown in late October for an early February single grazing, are ideal in a pasture renovation programme and provide a clean paddock for an early March sowing of perennial pastures
Mainstar forage rape, is ideal to start grazing 10-12 weeks from sowing. Mainstar rape can be sown from mid spring through to late summer depending on when the feed is required. It can be used for both summer finishing and/or conserved for winter feed. Rape is very good in drier environments where it can carry high-quality feed from spring through to late summer or from late summer through to winter
Winter feed options
Catch crop and forage cereals
Diploid perennial ryegrass regenerative pasture phase
* Legion has been bred, selected and successfully tested as a perennial and will function as a perennial ryegrass. Due to a small number of tip awns Legion is certified as Lolium Boucheanum.