Our joint forage brassica programme combines our expertise with Plant & Food Research. The result is a range of class-leading brassicas. PGG Wrightson Seeds are committed to providing brassica forage crops that not only produce high quantities of feed, but also lead to improved animal performance through feed quality, thereby providing positive benefits to the New Zealand farmer.
Click on the appropriate brassica section below where you will find information on Raphno®, kale, swede, rape and turnip.
A high yielding bulb turnip suitable for summer, autumn and early winter feed.
A fast-establishing, multi-graze variety with reduced flower bolting and 25% more total yield from multiple grazings than Pasja II leafy turnip. A flexible option for summer and autumn feed for all stock classes.
A high-yielding, multi-graze forage rape with very good leaf percentage and excellent crop ultilisation by stock.
A high yielding, intermediate-height kale with a high leaf-to-stem ratio. Excellent crop utilisation by animals due to single plant selection for soft stems. Very good winter hardiness and excellent pest and disease tolerance.
A high yielding, yellow-fleshed, main crop swede with medium maturity. Along with a similar dry rot and clubroot tolerance to Aparima Gold swede, Hawkestone also has a good tolerance to powdery mildew.
An early maturing, high yielding summer turnip - the latest release to the Cleancrop™ Brassica System range.
Pallaton Raphno® is a hybrid between Brassica oleracea (kale) and Raphanus sativus (radish). The goal of the breeding programme was to combine six stacked traits, which would perform for New Zealand farmers within increasingly challenging environments. The six traits include: high forage yields from multiple grazings, plant persistence under multiple grazings, drought tolerance, clubroot tolerance, aphid tolerance and grazing flexibility.
The first new forage brassica species New Zealand farming has seen since the 1980s. Developed by PGG Wrightson Seeds under the Forage Innovations joint venture with Plant and Food Research.
Kale is generally a spring sown, single graze option providing late autumn/winter feed between May and August. Kale can also be spring sown for a late-summer protein source when pasture quality is low.
Selecting a kale cultivar is a balance between dry matter (DM) yield and forage quality - leaf percentage and stem softness. Giant (tall) kale types provide bulk feed but lower quality and reduced crop utilisation, while short types provide a lower DM yield and higher quality. Intermediate types offer a balance between DM yield and quality.
A new generation, high yielding giant kale. Corsa will deliver a high volume, high quality feed for your animals.
A high yielding, giant type kale with excellent winter hardiness and good Aphid tolerance. Gruner kale is an ideal option when dry matter yield is your priority.
A short height kale with high leaf percentage and soft, digestible stems that deliver an energy-dense, easy-to-graze feed. The ideal feed option when animal performance is your focus.
A high yielding, intermediate height kale with soft stems providing excellent crop utilisation. Choose Regal® when your winter priority is for both yield and forage quality.
An excellent winter feed option. The swede cultivar selected will depend on the time to first grazing after sowing, plant maturity dates and level of disease tolerance to dry root and clubroot.
A summer/autumn/winter feed option suitable for all stock classes. Modern New Zealand bred cultivars are an interspecies cross between rape and kale parentage. Forage rape cultivars range in maturity dates from 70 to 110 days after sowing, while also having single or multi-graze options.
Goliath® is a versatile, multi-graze rape that fits all farm systems. It performs strongly from spring/summer/autumn sowing, offering flexibility to deliver feed when you need it.
Titan® combines early maturity, high dry matter yields and excellent palatability to deliver a high quality summer/autumn/winter feed option. An ideal feed option when dry matter yield and rapid acceptance by stock is important to you.
Bulb turnips offer an ideal summer feed for milk production or young stock (e.g. Barkant® or Cleancrop™ Toto turnip) or a summer/autumn/winter feed for stock (e.g. Green Globe or Cleancrop™ bulb turnip ).
While leafy turnip cultivars (e.g. Pasja II forage brassica and Cleancrop™ leafy turnip) are a multi-graze option that can offer up to four summer grazings. Early maturing with the first grazing possible from 42 to 70 days after sowing. Less requirement for ripening than rapes.
Barkant® bulb turnip is the highest yielding summer bulb turnip available in New Zealand. A high quality feed with a high metabolisable energy (ME) value to achieve greater animal performance.
A multi-purpose turnip suitable as a summer, autumn and winter feed option. Green Globe turnip is the reliable turnip that delivers good dry matter yields for grazing animals.
Fast-establishing, high quality feed with the first grazing possible at 42-70 days after sowing.