Story: Sheep farming

Break-feeding turnips and grass

Break-feeding turnips and grass

Brassicas, particularly swedes and turnips, are useful for feeding sheep in areas where cold temperatures limit grass growth in late autumn and winter. Most turnip and swede crops are grown in Canterbury, Otago and Southland. Sheep are normally break-fed on root crops to prevent wastage. Sometimes grass is sown with brassicas to add bulk and quality.

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Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, 'Sheep farming - Environment and sheep farming', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/16676/break-feeding-turnips-and-grass (accessed 24 August 2019)

Story by Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 3 Mar 2015