Kale is a brassica traditionally grown for grazing by cattle in the autumn and winter. It can also be cut and fed to stock ‘in house’ or as an alternative can be ensiled as big bale kaleage.Kale is very useful as it can extend the grazing season.
This crop is best strip grazed to avoid excessive wastage and ensure both leaf and stem are eaten. It is advisable to stagger sowing dates to ensure it does not over-mature. It is very adaptable and can grow on most sites throughout the UK. Kale can also be used as game cover
Stock should be introduced gradually over a two week period and an area of grassland should be available for animals to return to; water and hay or straw should also be made available.
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Sowing period is normally April to the end of June and the sowing rate is 5kg/ha when direct drilling or kg/ha when broadcasting