Prepare lambs well and they'll thrive on forage crops

 Key points

  • At current lamb prices the use of finishing crops is often profitable

  • Specialist forage crops, if grazed at the correct stage of growth, can provide a bulk of high quality feed when the quality or quantity of ryegrass pasture is low
  • Risks include possible crop failure, the lag time before the crop can be grazed and potential animal health problems
  • Animal health problems can occur with most fodder crops, especially brassicas
  • An acclimatisation period is essential when introducing sheep to brassicas.
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