Brassica

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  • Bloat can sometimes occur if not mixed with other annuals.
  • Weed control.
  • They dislike wet soils.

Disadvantages

  • Some brassicas can be grazed multiple times in a season.
  • The large root system will add organic matter into the soil.
  • They will handle cool summer climates like those in western Canada.
  • They are highly digestible.
  • They are quick growing and can be grazed 4 to 6 weeks after seeding.
  • Livestock will graze and consume the whole plant with no hesitation.
  • After the round-up, brassicas can be seeded into sod.
  • They like well drained soils: PH range of 5.3 to 6.8.
  • 3 to 5 lbs per ac seeding rate up to 60 lbs of N.
  • Price is $5.00 per lbs. average.

Advantages

Brassicas have been grazed in other parts of the world (New Zealand, Scotland, Europe) in order to rest pastures as a practice for supplemental forage supply. The seeds themselves are roughly the same size as canola seeds. 

​Brassicas

Southern Cross Livestock
51.38455829999999,-114.2620222Crossfield, AlbertaT0M0S0CA
Phone: 14033122240 Website: www.southerncrosslivestock.ca