Appin leafy turnip
Appin leafy turnip is a high-yielding fodder crop used for feeding cattle or sheep in summer, autumn or winter.
If you’re looking for a versatile feed able to provide a catch crop to overcome summer shortfalls as well as autumn and winter grazing, Appin leafy turnip is the right choice.
It can also be used as a source of fresh and worm-free grazing for lambs.
Benefits of Appin leafy turnip
- Easily established by undersowing or scratching into stubbles
- Wide sowing window
- Fast-growing with excellent regrowth potential
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Usage guide: Appin stubble turnip
Sowing rate: 2 to 3 kg/acre (if broadcasting use a higher sowing rate)
Sowing time: April-September
Sowing depth: 10 mm
Sowing instructions: Soil test approximately 8 weeks prior to sowing. Cultivate to achieve a fine, firm seedbed. Ploughing will help level rough fields. Apply lime as per soil test results. Sow in good conditions (warm with rain forecast), no deeper than 10 mm. Roll well after sowing to ensure good soil/seed contact. Apply N, P & K as per soil test results and nitrates rules.
After sowing: Monitor for pest attack and seek advice where a problem arises
Fertiliser rate: N, P and K guidelines for swedes and turnips (kg/ha) (Source: Teagasc Green Book)
1Top-dressings are not usually required, however, following wet seasons where crops are backward, top dress with up to 30kg/ha N
2If soil P value is above 15 mg/l, no fertiliser P is necessary
Uses: Dairy – Y; cattle – Y; Sheep – Y
- Brassicas are low in iodine, copper, cobalt and selenium – a slow-release bolus will ensure animals receive adequate minerals
- Supplementary fibre (e.g. silage, hay or straw) should account for 30% of the diet, with 70% coming from the brassica
- Introduce stock to brassicas gradually (build up from 1-2 hours access per day to full time access over 10-14 days)
- Always ensure animals have access to fresh water