Courtesy Meat & Livestock Australia
Grazing crops does not have to come at the cost of grain production. Autumn and winter grazing of wheat and canola on the NSW Tablelands and in south-west Victoria had no effects on grain yield. While wheat is a commonly grazed crop, canola is emerging as a valuable addition to the feed mix and can provide 700-2,300 sheep grazing days per hectare. Research shows that dual-purpose canola provides a high quality feed for ewes, which gives producers flexibility in their crop rotations because they can use canola as a break-crop to manage weeds and diseases as well as fill the autumn and winter feed gap.