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Forage Kale & Forage Rape

Kale is a brassica traditionally grown for grazing by cattle in the autumn and winter. It can also be cut and fed to stock "in house" or as an alternative can be ensiled as big bale kaleage. Kale is very useful as it can extend the grazing season. It is advisable to alternate sowing dates to ensure it does not over-mature. It is vary adaptable and can grow on most sites throughout the UK. Kale can also be used as game cover ( see Cover Crop section).

Forage Rape has the advantage of being a very fast growing crop, suitable for grazing by sheep or cattle. An ideal catch crop for boosting midsummer forage production for livestock farmers when planted in the spring, it is suitable for fattening lambs in the autumn/winter. 

Bittern Kale Seed

A dual-purpose variety commonly used in game cover mixtures and over winter feed rotations. 

  • A medium height variety 
  • Winter Hardy
  • Club root resistant 
  • Treated with Cruiser SB and Thyram Plus
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size: 5kg

Bombardier Kale Seed

A new variety with the potential to deliver high dry matter yields making it and ideal choice for dairy, beef or lamb producers.

  • A taller stemmed variety with excellent resistance to lodging.
  • High leaf to stem ratio.
  • Available with Cruiser SB, Thiram and Sepiret Treatment.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Packsize: 1-2kg.

Caledonian Kale Seed

Caledonian Kale is the first variety to be bred with resistance to club root. A taller variety which gives easier access for birds underneath the leaf canopy. 

  • Taller variety to allow birds to move freely under the leaf canopy. 
  • Club root resistant, can be sown on sites suffering from brassica sickness.
  • Specially bred for UK conditions. Excellent germination and early vigour.
  • Available with seed treatment.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size 2kg. 

Emerald Forage Rape

Emerald is a well known variety that is fast to establish with average dry matter yields.
  • Medium to tall leafy plants maturing in 10-12 weeks after sowing.
  • Good disease resistance
  • Great food quality that is  high in protein, easily digested and remaining palatable well into the winter.
  • Wide branched root system improves soil structure
  • Sow at 2.5kg (drilled) or 4kg (broadcast) per acre

 

Goldeneye Kale Seed

Goldeneye Kale is a giant type kale especially bred for the game cover market, selected for the optimum combination of height and leaf production. 

  • It has a leafy top, strong stem, good winter hardiness and good field tolerance of disease, making it the ideal choice for game cover usage
  • Goldeneye achieves a higher vigour score than Caledonian kale and better club root tolerance.
  • Untreated or Cruiser Treated seed available.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack Size: 2kg.

Grampian Kale Seed

Grampian Kale is a variety bred in Scotland, which will produce excellent autumn/ winter feeds for sheep and dairy cows.

  • Very high yields, UK proven 
  • Club root resistant, can be used in outwintering systems
  • Excellent digestibility
  • Available with seed treatment.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size 2kg. 

Gruner Angeliter Kale Seed

A very tall variety with excellent winter hardiness. A branching, umbrella shaped canopy creates plenty of room underneath for pheasants and partridges.
  • A very high yielding variety, good winter hardiness and excellent feeding quality.
  • Fresh yields 15% higher than Caledonian Kale and 10% higher than Bittern.
  • Has been tried and tested for many years and is still very popular today.
  • Untreated or Cruiser treated seed available.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack Size: 2kg.

Hobson, Forage Rape

Hobson, the perfect variety for finishing lambs.

  • Powdery mildew restistant; a disease which can make some crops unpalatable leading to a high wastage factor
  • Bred by Limagrain 
  • Proven on livestock farms throughout the UK
  • Available treated with Thiram and Sepiret
  • Sowing rate 2.5kg drilled / 4kg broadcast per acre

Hungry Gap, Forage Rape

Hungry Gap, designed for late use.
  • A Winter hardy will ensure crops can be used in January and February
  • Best sown in June or July
  • Growth habit is kale-like in appearance
  • Available treated with Thiram and Sepire or untreated.
  • Sowing rate 2.5kg (drilled) or 4kg (broadcast) per acre.  Packsize 2kg treated, 5kg & 25kg untreated

Interval, Forage Rape

Interval Forage rape is excellent for filling the gap in a winter feed programme.

  • Exceptional yield potential, disease resistance and palatability
  • Ideal for finishing lambs or dairy cows
  • Fast to establish, ready to utilise within 10-12 weeks of sowing
  • Available treated with Thiram and Sepiret 
  • Sowing rate 2.5kg drilled / 4kg broadcast per acre. Packsize 5kg & 25kg untreated, 2kg treated.
 

Keeper Kale Seed

Keeper Kale is a shorter variety with excellent resistance to lodging. It combines a leafy canopy with a bare floor to create warm shelter for birds.

  • A shorter stemmed variety with excellent resistance to lodging.
  • High leaf to stem ratio.
  • Bred in the UK.
  • Available with Flea Beetle seed treatment.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Packsize 2kg.

Maris Kestrel Kale Seed

A short, highly digestible, kale variety with outstanding performance in lower temperature ranges. 

  • Very high yields, UK proven 
  • Excellent digestibility
  • Winter Hardy
  • Treated with Cruiser SB and Thyram Plus
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size: 5kg

Pinfold Kale Seed

Pinfold Kale will provide excellent yields in a short period of time.

  • Fast growing and ideal for early sowings
  • Flexible utilisation, summer use as well
  • Excellent digestibility
  • Available with seed treatment.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size 2kg. 

Redstart Kale/Rape Hybrid

A fast establishing kale/rape hybrid that can be ready for use in only eight weeks. Suitable for both grazing and game cover applications.

  • Winter Hardy
  • High energy 
  • Suitable for cattle and sheep
  • Fast establishment (8 weeks)
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size: 5kg

Sovereign Kale Seed

Sovereign Kale was in agronomic tests, shown to have good dry matter yields and excellent leaf-to-stem ratio, thereby increasing stock utilisation and animal performance. 
  • Successfully tested for winter hardiness and keeping ability, it has the potential to maintain good quality production over a longer usage period.
  • Sovereign does not produce the large thick stems common to giant kales even when planted at lower density, therefore increasing palatability.
  • Untreated or Cruiser Treated seed available.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack Size: 2kg.

Spitfire Hybrid Forage Rape

Spitfire Hybrid Forage Rape is a blend of Winfred Hybrid Brassica and Forage Rape. A vigourous and quick growing seed mixture making it ideal for failed crops.
  • Provide cover for a whole season.
  • Very vigorous and quick growing, ideal for replacing failed crops or patching. 
  • Good disease and bolting resistance.
  • Blend of 50% Winfred Hybrid Brassica and 50% Napoleon Forage Rape.
  • Sowing rate: 2.5kg per acre. Pack Size: 5kg. 

Swift Kale Hybrid

A kale/rape hybrid with excellent vigour and winter hardness. Suitable for both grazing and game cover applications. 

  • Winter Hardy
  • Club root resistant 
  • Can be prone to bolting if sown to early 
  • Treated with Cruiser SB and Thyram Plus
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size: 5kg

Zoom Brassica Forage Mixture

Zoom Brassica Seed Mixture is a blend of Winfred Hybrid Brassica and Forage Rape. A vigourous and quick growing seed mixture making it ideal for failed crops.
  • Provide cover for a whole season.
  • Very vigorous and quick growing, ideal for replacing failed crops or patching. 
  • Good disease and bolting resistance.
  • Blend of 50% Winfred Hybrid Brassica and 50% Napoleon Forage Rape.
  • Sowing rate: 2.5kg per acre. Pack Size: 5kg. 

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