Vivant Forage brassica cover crop is a quick-growing brassica (upright and spreading cool season annual) with very little bulb development.
Vivant Forage brassica is best suited for multiple grazing cycle situations because of its excellent regrowth. Vivant Forage can be used to extend the grazing season in the fall or planted alongside warm season annuals for multiple grazings in the summer. With proper management (first grazing in 40-45 days AND subsequent grazing cycles every 25-30 days when grazed no less than 4 in.), it has the potential to yield over 5 tons of dry matter per acre.
- Known for its quick regrowth, even under close grazing
- Different than turnips, all the energy of the plant is contained in the leaves
- High digestibility – suitable for dairy, beef and sheep
- When fed, brassicas need to be combined with other forages (no more than 1/3 of the total animal diet) to prevent potential livestock disorders
1 = Poor; 5 = Excellent
Compaction Alleviation: 3
Weed Suppression: 4
Biomass Production: 4
Erosion Control: 3
Disease/Pest Control: 3
P & K Cycling: 3
Ease of Establishment: 5
Nitrogen Fixer/Scavenger: Scavenger
Values Vary Greatly Depending on Maturity
Crude Protein: 14
NEL¹ Mcal/lb.: –
DM Tons/Acre: 2-5
Days to First Harvest: 35-40
Days to Next Harvest: 25-30
¹- Net Energy for Lactation = Energy available after subtracting digestive and metabolic losses
²- Acid Detergent Fiber = Low values mean more digestible
³- Neutral Detergent Fiber = Low values mean cows can eat more
Ranking (Good, Better, Best):
Mono: 2 - 6 lbs. / acre.
Mix: 2 - 4 lbs. / acre.
Vivant Hybrid Forage Brassica
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