Archive Article: 1997/07/25

25 July 1997

Stubble turnips are a welcome feed for hungry cows and provide a safeguard against summer grass shortages that usually occur at Firle Estates. Roy Williams dairy manager at Charleston Farm, Firle, West Sussex, admits the need for turnips is reduced because grass growth rates are higher than normal this year. But that was not to be known when sowing seeds in the first week of May. Cows which average 6700 litres – with 3800 litres produced from forage – are strip grazing the turnips for two to three hours a day after the morning milking.

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