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Brassica knowledge transfer day to offer advice on best practice

Brassica trial plot tours and results from several on–going farm studies will feature as part of a livestock out–wintering day organised by forage experts Germinal in Dorset on 16th January 2019.

How to measure dry matter production and  maximise the utilisation of brassicas will be part of Germinal’s knowledge transfer day on 16th January at Down Barn Farm.
How to measure dry matter production and maximise the utilisation of brassicas will be part of Germinal’s knowledge transfer day on 16th January at Down Barn Farm.

Including a farm walk around James Cossins’ Down Barn Farm dairy heifer out–wintering system near Tarrant Rawston, Blandford Forum, the event will offer advice on how to make best use of a range of brassica fodder crops.

“We’ll give an overview of the various out–wintering options that brassicas offer, including expected dry matter yields, key points around establishment and how best to utilise the crops,” says Germinal GB Product Development Manager Felicity Lenyk.

“This will include detail on forage budgeting, to enable farmers to calculate what is available to feed, what stocking rates should be and how much bought–in feed is being saved.

“We’ll also reveal results from a number of farm studies we are currently involved in, where we’ve measured the relative nutritional value of stem and leaf material in different crop types and varieties. This is providing new information that is allowing better control of stocking rates and improved utilisation.”

Down Barn Farm has been making good use of brassica forage crops for several years and currently has crops of hybrid brassicas as grazing for replacement dairy heifers. James Cossins will be on hand to offer the benefits of his own experience alongside expertise provided by Germinal.

Refreshments will be provided at the event, which will begin at 11am at the Langton Arms, Tarrant Monkton before moving onto the farm.

To register interest in attending please contact Christine Thomas on 01522 868714 or via email at christine.thomas@germinal.com

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