Grazing Young Forage Crops; Things To Look Out For
- Introduce stock slowly to grazing cereal and canola/brassica crops
- Feed test to know the quality of your crop
- Avoid nutrient imbalances when grazing young crops by providing a mineral/salt lick and roughage
- Know the signs of nutrient-related animal health disorders.
While some farmers have already started grazing winter forage crops, some later-sown crops will only be ready for grazing now. Cereals are ready to be grazed when they have developed secondary roots and are well anchored, usually around the 3-leaf stage.