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Regrowth Brassicas are gaining popularity among dairy farmers in southern Australia.

Brassicas

Regrowth Brassicas are the forage crops of the Brassica species that can regrow after most of the aerial part of the plant has been grazed. They include species such as forage rape, kale, hybrids such as pasja and leafy turnips.

Regrowth Brassicas are gaining popularity among dairy farmers in southern Australia, mainly as an alternative to turnips during summer but also more recently as an autumn forage option.

Brassicas are grown on about 70 per cent of dryland dairy farms in southern Victoria and Tasmania.

Making the most of them requires planning, a high conversion of crop into milk and good management.

Turnips are a popular brassica crop because they grow well in summer and are very nutritious for dairy cows.

Soft turnips

  • Cultivars like Barkant, Rival and York Globe turnips are soft turnips.
  • These are leafier and more upright than older varieties of turnip (like Green Globe), with two-thirds of the bulb above the ground.
  • Soft turnips are used to help bridge a summer feed shortage.

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  • Regrowth brassicas

    Regrowth Brassicas (PDF 1.4MB)

    Regrowth Brassicas are the forage crops of the Brassica species that can regrow after most of the aerial part of the plant has been grazed. They include species such as forage rape (Brassica napus), kale (Brassica oleracea), hybrids such as pasja (Brassica campestris x Brassica napus) and leafy turnips. Regrowth Brassicas are gaining popularity among dairy farmers in southern Australia, mainly as an alternative to turnips during summer but also more recently as an autumn forage option.

  • Turnips

    Turnips (PDF, 1.09KB)

    Summarises key findings of 3030 investigation into different aspects of turnip management to increase home-grown feed production and utilisation, and their role on pasture-based dryland farms. It focuses on the bulb turnip cultivars. Cultivars known as leafy turnips or hybrid Brassicas are covered by Regrowth Brassicas Information Sheet in this series.

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