Summer turnip

  • Highest yielding summer bulb turnip available, a potential yield 15000 kgDM/ha
  • High leaf-to-bulb ratio resulting in high levels of protein
  • Shown in an independent animal trial to increase summer/autumn milksolids production by 25%
  • Tankard bulb shape to enhance utilisation and reduce risk of choke associated with round bulbs
  • Early maturing for excellent summer feed
Farm Type
  • Sowing Rate 3 kg/ha
  • Days to Grazing From 60 to 90
  • Growing Seasons Spring, Summer
  • Grazing Seasons Summer, Autumn
  • Potential Yield 15,000 kgDM/ha
  • Utilisation 90%

Barkant turnips produce high-quality feed with a high metabolisable energy (ME) value, meaning greater animal performance can be achieved. It is a high-performance feed for lactating dairy cows, supplying the energy required to boost milk production.

Costs and Returns ($ Per Ha) of Establishing a Cultivated Barkant Turnip Crop for Dairy Grazing

Average Costs Per Hectare $/Ha
Average Establishment Costs $1399
Average yield (kgDM/ha) 13000

80% Utilised yield (kgDM/ha)

(assuming 20% wastage)

(13000 x 80%)


Milksolids/ha response

(80g MS/kg turnip eaten)

(10400 kgDM/ha x 0.08)

832 kgMS

Gross returns ($4.00/kgMS)

(832 x $4.00)


Gross Returns - Average Costs

($3328) - ($1399)


Grazing Management

  • Number of Grazings 1
Ben Moore

We have consistently grown 17 tonne of dry matter for the last two years. Split planting dates are used to manage summer protein deficits and to combine quantity with quality.

Ben moore, Waikato

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