Millet and sorghum are summer forage options for dairy farms due to their potential to rapidly accumulate DM in warm conditions.
Both millet and sorghum tend to be more reliable than other annual summer crops like brassicas or chicory when soil water is limited.
Nutritional value tends to be less than other summer crops. Yields can be affected by low temperature in summer.
Both experience minimal disease or pest threats compared to spring-sown brassicas.
Millet and sorghum can also be used for double cropping after late-cut winter cereals.
Millet and sorghum (PDF, 1.2MB)
Millet and sorghum are summer forage options for dairy farms due to their potential to accumulate DM rapidly in warm conditions. The 3030 Project has a focus on increasing production and utilisation of home-grown feed, so the potential and some management aspects of millet and sorghum were evaluated in different plot studies, on-farm experiments and partner farms.
This Information Sheet summarises the key findings and discusses the role of millet (Echinochloa utilis) and sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) in pasture-based dairy systems.