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New Guide To Cutting Feed Costs With Fodder Crops

A new, practical guide to cutting feed costs and filling forage gaps with fodder crops has been published by British Seed Houses.



“The drive to cut feed costs, as well as rising fuel and bedding expenses, are fuelling tremendous interest in fodder crops such as kale, forage rape and grazing turnips,” says British Seed Houses northern forage sales director Michael Shannon.

“With this new guide we aim to show dairy, beef and sheep producers just how they can start benefiting from these low cost fodder crops in the modern farming era. We cover how to integrate fodder crops into your livestock system; how to grow, manage and feed them; outline a practical way of measuring how many livestock your fodder crop will feed; and summarise the all important costing information farmers need to make the right crop selection decisions,” he says.

“Traditional they may be in some farmers’ eyes, but the reality is a new generation of low cost fodder crops such as Swift and Puna II chicory are now very much part of modern livestock farming’s future. This new guide will help livestock farmers start reaping the benefits of these new developments.”

Copies of the new guide are available by calling 01694 731777.

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