Information about cereal species including barley, oats, ryecorn and triticale.
A short-lived leafy herb with high feed value, chicory can be incorporated into a rotational grazing system through its active growing months.
Fodder beet is a low nitrogen root crop with a high yield potential.
Kale is normally used as a winter feed crop. With a deep root system; it has good drought tolerance.
Lucerne is an erect growing, perennial legume that has greater tolerance to moisture stress than most pasture species.
Maize is a vital crop for many New Zealand dairy farmers and represents a significant investment in time and resources.
Plantain is highly palatable to animals, establishes rapidly, is pest tolerant and has a high mineral content.
Swedes are normally used as a winter feed crop. As they have a low tolerance to drought, swedes perform best in cooler, moist environments, however they do not like waterlogging.
Turnips are a brassica root crop commonly used as a fast-maturing single-graze crop to bridge a summer feed gap and maintain milk production.
Information about growing different types of crops on your farm, wintering, and forages that reduce nitrate leaching.
Catch cropsThe purpose of a catch crop is to increase annual dry matter production, to take up soil mineral and urine nitrogen and to reduce the risk of leaching or runoff.
Forages for reduced nitrate leachingWhen an animal’s diet has more nitrogen (N) than the animal can use, the surplus is excreted in the urine. A urine patch is the primary source of nitrate leaching in grazed pasture and crop.
WinteringWintering cows is a good way to maintain body condition. There are many factors to consider when selecting paddocks, establishing crops and grazing the crop.
Feed managementAdvice for seasonal management of feed and pasture including managing pasture prior to mating, pugging damage and surplus.
Winter Crop Pasture Allocation Calculator
Calculate the feed demand and supply requirements of based on a range of winter crops.
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