Turnips make good winter grazing for the cattle. The cattle love the turnip tops.Copenhagen & Shiner B":1ch1mi24 said:Has anybody here ever planted turnips to feed the cows? I planted turnips last year and it saved me a few bales of hay.
Yeah, they like the bulbs too. I just have to get them before they do. Can't let them be a hog!!!!!!!!Copenhagen & Shiner B":b35rtzkw said:My cows loved the bulbs as much as they did the tops.
Arnold Ziffle":37edal4x said:I’ve seen mention of turnips for cattle grazing a number of times over the years and I’d like to learn a little more about it. Did a brief Google search and didn’t find much. Sure would appreciate it if anybody with experience would comment regarding the following:
Best time to plant in your area --- please tell us your location so that we can essentially interpolate a planting time for our particular area
Fertilizer --- is it cost beneficial or typically even needed? A lot? A little? None?
Generally how long to wait after seedling emergence, or how tall the turnip tops, before letting the cows in?
Do the tops regenerate throughout the growing season as long as the bulbs are in the ground, or once the cattle clip them off close to the bulb is that essentially the end of the leaves?
Practical differences between “forage turnips” and “regular” turnips?
If planting on grazed down summer pasture land must the seed be drilled or might one get a decent stand by simply broadcasting? Or broadcasting followed by a light discing?
Recommended seeding rates and depth?
Where to buy large quantities of the seed?
Bloat problems any more or less likely than other winter green forages?
Have migrating geese descended upon and ravaged it? I assume it’s almost a certainty that feral hogs would play hell on a field of turnips, right?