Reduced N leaching
Wintering systems are under the spotlight, with a focus on caring for animals well, and reducing mud in crops. Bombardier EG kale helps achieve this as it’s palatable and easier to graze right to the base, providing high utilisation with high animal performance.
This can improve animal intake particularly in adverse weather, when grazing time may be limited. Reduced wastage also means increased efficiency, which is environmentally better.
Bombardier EG kale suits systems where higher animal intakes and performance are required. These include heifer, bull and steer systems where weight gain is critical; and sheep systems for good stock performance.
Very high yield
The total yield of Bombardier EG kale is very high.
Bombardier provides several extra benefits. Its very high utilisation means more efficient use of nutrients, plus less crop residual, which reduces the energy required for sowing the following pasture. High palatability and intake rates better suit on/off grazing systems to reduce mud creation.
More ME/bite (right to the ground!)
Bombardier has exceptional feed quality, so animals get more ME per bite.
This advantage reaches right to the ground, meaning easier utilisation than other cultivars. Bombardier has higher ME (lower in fibre) in the bottom third of its stem.
With its very high stem quality, Bombardier can be used in place of an autumn and/or winter grazed rape crop, with several advantages. It does not require ripening pre-grazing, presents fewer animal health issues, and is more flexible in the time of grazing.
Management of Bombardier is similar to other kales except we recommend a later sowing date (late November onwards). Sowing in areas prone to high winds and crop lodging should be avoided. While Bombardier’s very soft stems are ideal for grazing they do make it more susceptible to lodging.