With prices for agricultural produce becoming ever more volatile and the global economy in freefall there is an urgent need for increased efficiencies and cost reductions at all levels in agriculture. Farmers, Agri merchants & Food processors must become more efficient.
Irish farms have a natural climatic advantage over the rest of Europe and most of the western world in terms of utilising Brassicas as low cost forage crops for their livestock. With the exception of a small scale revival in the last few years, Brassicas represent an opportunity that has been missed and we have had the expansion & development of crops such as Forage Maize which are inherently far more suited to our continental neighbours.
The grazing of Brassica crops during the winter months as an integral part of an extended grazing programme is a common practice for New Zealand livestock farmers with similar climatic conditions to this country.
We are convinced that growing the likes of kale, can play an important role in terms of cost savings on Irish farms when grown & utilised properly. Like all successful crop growing “the devil is in the detail” and we have had various demonstrations days and trial plots set up where we achieved phenomenal Dry matter yields and demonstrated the true potential of brassica crops.