Wholecrop offers an alternative or additional feed to grass or maize silage, particularly in situations where it may be difficult to achieve ideal sowing conditions in the spring. It can provide a cost effective, high quality forage of consistent quality and palatability, with high yields of dry matter even in dry seasons and cold weather.
Cereals are versatile as they can be grown across the UK under a wide range of conditions and will produce consistently high yields of dry matter. Wholecrop mixtures provide a useful source of home produced protein and starch, which reduces reliance on purchased feed.
Benefits of growing wholecrop:
Wholecrop mixtures can combine wheat, barley, oats or triticale with a legume crop such as peas or lupins. The cereal crop provides the energy in the form of starch and the legume provides protein.
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