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Redstart Hybrid Brassica

Redstart Hybrid Brassica is a unique utility fodder crop, which offers the highly beneficial combination of rapid growth ability and good all year round performance. The forage rape genes in Redstart Hybrid Brassica give it the ability to grow very fast while the kale genes deliver very good winter hardiness. Redstart Hybrid Brassica is a superb catch crop for countering late season grazing shortages.

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Main uses

  • High energy grazing for cattle and sheep
  • Summer, autumn or winter grazing
  • Ideal for out-wintering

Key benefits

  • Very rapid and vigorous growth
  • Winter hardiness
  • Regrowth potential
  • Good late season yield potential
  • High energy and good protein source

Sowing time: June to August

Seed rate: 3.5 – 4.0 kg/acre

Yield: 6 – 8 t DM/ha

Utilisation period: Earlier sowings have the potential for multiple grazings. Later sowings can be utilised until February

Usage Guide – Redstart

Sowing rate      3.5 – 4.0 kg/acre (if broadcasting use higher sowing rate)

Sowing Time     May to August (earlier sowing will allow multiple grazings)

Sowing Depth   10 mm

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 Hybrid Brassica (source: Teagasc Green Book)

Soil Index
  1 2 3 4
N (kg/ha)1 150 130 100 70
P (kg/ha) 60 50 30 0
K (kg/ha) 220 210 170 0

1A split dressing for hybrid brassica is advised. Spread half N at sowing and half approx. 3 weeks later.

Uses     Dairy – Y

Cattle – Y

Sheep – Y

 

Grazing Management

  • 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