Open day set to showcase brassica benefits

03 Jan 2019

Brassica trial plot tours and results from several on-going farm studies will feature as part of a livestock out-wintering day, organised by Germinal, which will be held in Dorset on January 16, 2019.

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

Out-wintering options

“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’s Felicity Lenyk.

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

Nutritional value

“We’ll also reveal results from a number of farm studies 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.”

Mr Cossins 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. He will be on hand to share his own experience alongside expertise provided by Germinal.

Register interest

Refreshments will be provided at the event, which will begin at 11am at the Langton Arms in Tarrant Monkton, before moving onto the farm. To register interest in attending please contact Christine Thomas on 01522 868714 or via email at