Forage Brassica and Herbs
BLUE GORILLA is a dark purple green, re-growing forage rape. The stature of Blue Gorilla is slightly shorter than many current varieties but with good standing ability. The dry matter content of Blue Gorilla is higher than average which leads to high total dry matter yields. Furthermore, the high dry matter content means that animals take in more useful food per kilo and are likely to thrive better than on conventional forage rape varieties. Blue Gorilla shows a moderately good resistance to powdery mildew and is quite resistant to clubroot.
When sown early BLUE GORILLA can produce a bulk of feed to cover a feed shortage during summer, then has good regrowth to achieve a second crop in Autumn. Alternatively Blue Gorilla can be strip grazed as required, with good regrowth potential.
Greenland fodder rape was bred in 2006, and has had great success in trials and commercial applications. Greenland is well adapted to sowing opportunities throughout the year, provided adequate moisture is available. Greenland provides abundant, highly palatable fodder from spring and autumn sowings, helping to finish livestock in summer and maintain livestock in winter. The variety also has a short, thick stem which allows excellent recovery and persistence through multiple grazings.
Grazing Brassica is a short term option that provides quality feed either as a mono-culture, or as a part of a pasture/cover-crop mix.
SF Punter is a deep rooted perennial herb providing outstanding summer productivity and feed quality. It has high mineral uptake and is extremely persistent. It provides a high energy forage with proven animal health benefits and increased animal production at a time of year when pasture quality is low.
SF Endurance is a new forage plantain with improved feed production across all seasons. Plantain is a drought hardy deep rooted perennial herb well adapted to low fertility soils.
Existing varieties have either been winter active and early flowering or summer active and late flowering. SF Endurance provides similar winter feed to Tonic, but with improved warm season production.
SF G2 is a new diploid, green-skinned, white fleshed turnip. It is a later maturing round traditional globe turnip for winter use.
It is a high quality bulb that will keep well over winter, plus a high ratio of palatable leaf. It is an ideal replacement for Green Globe.
Cappucchino is a late flowering mustard, which is very leafy but frost susceptible. A long tap root helps to improve soil structure. Cappucchino can produce high levels of biomass.
Together with high levels of the glucosinolate sinigrin, Cappucchino has very good biofumigation potential. Cappucchino performs best in cooler climates.