Dual benefits of Dual purpose crops
Grazing crops does not have to come at the cost of grain production. Autumn and winter grazing of wheat and canola on the NSW Tablelands and in south-west Victoria had no effects on grain yield. While wheat is a commonly grazed crop, canola is emerging as a valuable addition to the feed mix and can provide 700-2,300 sheep grazing days per hectare. Research shows that dual-purpose canola provides a high quality feed for ewes, which gives producers flexibility in their crop rotations because they can use canola as a break-crop to manage weeds and diseases as well as fill the autumn and winter feed gap.
Courtesy Meat & Livestock Australia