Product Used: Bouncer Hybrid Forage Brassica
Bouncer hybrid forage brassica was used in conjunction with Italian ryegrass to reach production targets on the sheep dairy property of Cressida and Michael McNamara of Robertson, in the NSW southern highlands.
Cressida McNamara said they were very pleased with the result of a four hectare paddock of Bouncer sown in October 2011. She said the dairy sheep milked well off the feed. “It picked up their condition and kept them in good health,” she said. “It helped us meet our production targets.” The early vigour of Bouncer was notable and the sheep produced added bulk after the first grazing. Regrowth was also a key to the success of the crop.
Mrs McNamara said the seasonal conditions were quite wet so affected the performance of the feed, although the Bouncer did an excellent job of growing through until autumn, as the ryegrass component took over. She said the sheep took to the feed readily and produced good quantities of milk.The dairy is currently milking 70 East Friesian sheep and milk produced is made into cheese and sold as a niche market product. The ewes normally lamb in August and forage options such as Bouncer provides excellent feed options through the summer and early autumn period.Cressida and Michael McNamara, of Robertson in the NSW southern highlands, used Bouncer hybrid forage brassica to reach production targets for their sheep dairy flock.
Cressida and Michael McNamara, Robertson, NSW – Southern Highlands