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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. 

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Thousand Head Kale Seed

Thousand Head Kale is a popular, tired and tested variety with good standing ability and winter hardiness.

  • Thousand Head is a slender stemmed variety bearing leafy foliage. 
  • Excellent winter hardiness providing forage for feeding after Christmas. 
  • Can supply approximately 90 tonnes/ha of green forage matter.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack Size: 2kg
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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 
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size: 5kg
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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
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Packsize: 1-2kg
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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. High germination and early vigour
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size 2kg
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Goldeneye Kale Seed

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

  • Leafy top, strong stem, good winter hardiness and good tolerance to disease, making it the ideal choice for game cover use
  • Goldeneye achieves a higher vigour score than Caledonian kale and better club root tolerance.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack Size: 2kg
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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
  • Thiram & Sepiret treated 
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size 2kg 
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Gruner Angeliter Kale Seed

Very tall variety with excellent winter hardiness. A branching, umbrella shaped canopy creates plenty of room underneath for pheasants and partridges.

  • Good winter hardiness and excellent feeding quality
  • Fresh yields 15% higher than Caledonian and 10% higher than Bittern
  • Tried and tested for many years and is still very popular today
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack Size: 2kg
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Hobson, Forage Rape

Hobson, the perfect variety for finishing lambs. Bred by Limagrain.

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

Hungry Gap, designed for late use. Winter hardy; will ensure crops can be used in Jan and Feb.

  • 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
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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
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size: 5kg
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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
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size 2kg
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Rampart, Forage Rape

Rampart has feed quality enhancements which allows growers flexibility when feeding the crops. Ready to feed 12-14 weeks after sowing.  

  • Great winter hardiness
  • High yield potential
  • Suitable for dairy/lamb production
  • Available with seed treatment
  • Sowing rate 2-3kg per acre
  • Packsize 2kg treated, 5kg & 25kg untreated
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Redstart Kale and Rape Hybrid Seed

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
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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. 

  • Tested for winter hardiness and keeping ability, maintains good quality production over a longer usage period
  • Does not produce the large thick stems common to giant kales, even when planted at lower density, therefore increasing palatability
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack Size: 2kg
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Sparta Forage Rape

High protein content and high dry matter yield. Late flowering variety that will perform well whether sown for summer, autumn or winter use. 

  • Good winter hardiness
  • Clubroot tolerant
  • Sowing rate: 2.5kg per acre. Pack Size: 10kg and 25kg
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Spitfire Hybrid Forage Rape

Spitfire Hybrid Forage Rape is a rape and kale hybrid, is a good companion to use with other fast establishing brassicas. 

  • Provide cover for a whole season
  • Very vigorous and quick growing, ideal for replacing failed crops or patching
  • Good disease and bolting resistance
  • Sowing rate: 2.5kg per acre. Pack Size: 5kg and 25kg
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Unicorn, Forage Rape

Unicorn forage rape provides a nutritious feed for beef, lamb or dairy production. 

  • Crops sown in May and June have the potential for regrowth after the initial grazing
  • May drilled crops should be ready to graze in 12 weeks 
  • Sow May-End August
  • Available with seed treatment
  • Sowing rate 2kg per acre
  • Packsize 2kg treated, 5kg & 25kg untreated
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Zoom Brassica Mixture

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
  • Vigorous and quick growing, ideal for replacing failed crops or patching
  • Good disease and bolting resistance
  • 50% Winfred Hybrid Brassica and 50% Forage Rape
  • Sowing rate: 2.5kg per acre. Pack Size: 5kg
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