Wholecrop mixtures are popular for a number of reasons:
Escalating protein costs. Soya and other protein sources has become increasingly expensive in recent years. Wholecrop lupin mixtures can replace bought-in soya and other protein sources, saving the farmer a fortune in bought-in protein. With livestock and dairy margins tight, and the largest single cost on UK dairy and livestock farms being the bought-in feed costs, feeding wholecrop reduces the need for supplementary feedstuffs, and saves large amounts of money.
Wholecrop can be produced using on-farm skills and equipment. It is generally much cheaper to grow than maize, and can also be harvested in August, allowing an Autumn sowing to take place of either grass, winter cereals, or a winter forage like kale.
Spring / Winter Triticale
Pure crop options (not mixtures)
A superior alternative to wholecrop spring wheat, barley, or oats.
Read more about Triticale.
For most wholecrop situations where a straight Lupin silage is desired.
An option for wholecrop situations in the North where a straight Lupin silage is desired.