Winter to Spring Catch Crops
Protector or Humbolt Forage Rye
From a September sowing the best Forage Ryes can produce 6 tonnes of dry matter/hectare by 1st May. By the end of March Rye can produce one tonne more dry matter/ha than Italian Ryegrass. Early sown Rye
can also be grazed in the autumn-early winter period. Rye is exceptionally hardy and will grow through the winter producing the earliest spring grazing. Normally strip grazed by cattle, or rotationally block grazed by sheep. Surplus growth can make good silage at the end of April.