Turnip Grazing Trial

A demonstration was done using 50 head of goats to determine if grazing turnips would be successful. The goats were grazed from 10/27/08 to 12/4/08 on 11 acres of land. As fed the turnip yield was 16.5 ton/acre. The dry matter yield was 1.41 ton/acre. The seed cost of the turnips was $23.22/ton dry matter. Nitrogen was also applied to the pastures just after a rain, which cost $700/ton applied.

 


A picture of the turnip pasture.

 


The goats grazing the turnips.

 


After grazing the vegetative matter, many livestock also eat the turnip bulbs. However, goats do not graze the bulbs as readily.