Kale - Maris Kestrel
Maris Kestrel is established as the leading kale variety in Ireland and is suitable for all classes of stock. It is renowned for its high digestibility and long utilisation period. Maris Kestrel has been used in Teagasc Moorepark and also in the SAC out-wintering demonstrations. It’s success is due to the fact that livestock can utilise the whole plant.
- Ideal for out-wintering
- Good late summer/early autumn feed for cattle or sheep
- Solution to late season grazing deficits
- Outstanding leaf-to-stem ratio
- High whole plant D-value
- Vigorous early growth
- Resistant to lodging
- Good winter hardiness
Long utilisation period
Showing time: May to June
Seed rate: 2.5 – 3.0 kg/acre (increase to 3.5 kg/acre if broadcasting)
Yield: 10 – 12 t DM/ha
Utilisation period: November to February
Usage Guide – Kale
Sowing rate 2.5 – 3.0 kg/acre (if broadcasting increase to 3.5 kg/acre)
Sowing Time May – June
Sowing Depth 10 -15mm
Sowing Instructions Soil test approximately 8 weeks prior to sowing. Cultivate to achieve a fine, firm seed bed. 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 Kale (source: Teagasc Green Book)
1A split dressing for kale is advised. Spread half N at sowing and half approx. 3 weeks later.
2Advice assumes a yield of 40 tonnes/ha per cut, fresh weight. If yields are expected to be smaller, reduce the P and K application by 0.5 and 4 kg/ha for each tonne below 40.
Uses Dairy – Y
Cattle – 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