Pallaton Raphno® is a raphanobrassica, a hybrid between Brassica oleracea (kale) and Raphanus sativus (radish) that is ideal for finishing lambs; providing increased liveweight production. It is high yielding and offers flexible grazing as early as 56 days after sowing. It is persistent under multiple grazings and is highly palatable to stock. Recommended for experienced brassica growers. Achieve 5+ grazing’s with recommended management and under ideal conditions
Available through accredited retailers under agency agreement only. To find your nearest accredited retailer, contact you local DLF Seeds Sales Agronomist here.
Brassica seed sowing rate (sole): 8kg/ha (must be sown at 8kg/ha)
Pallaton Raphno was developed by PGG Wrightson Seeds (operating in Australia as DLF Seeds) under the Forage Innovations joint venture with Plant & Food Research. The goal of the breeding programme was to combine six important traits which would perform for Australian farmers within increasingly challenging environments.
High forage yields from multiple grazings: 14% increased yield advantage relative to Goliath® forage rape in a multi-graze system
Plant persistence under multiple grazings: Pallaton has excellent regrowth potential and has the ability to persist for up to 5+ grazings over a 12 month period under ideal conditions and with recommended management.
Aphid tolerance: 32% increase in Aphid tolerance relative to forage rape. Pallaton also has a higher level of tolerance to Cabbage White Butterfly and Diamondback Moth.
Grazing flexibility: Graze Pallaton as early as 56 days after sowing (DAS), to maximise crop utilisation and regrowth potential. A spring sown crop when sown into warm soil temperatures should aim to be grazed from 56DAS and finished within 30-40 days. Autumn sown Pallaton (into decreasing soil temperatures) may be longer to first grazing.
Clubroot tolerance: Pallaton Raphno® has a high tolerance to Clubroot which is an issue we are starting to see arise in Victoria southern New South Wales. Although Pallaton is highly tolerant to Clubroot it is still susceptible to other brassica diseases.
Water use efficiency: 38% increase in water use efficiency (WUE) relative to Goliath® forage rape. Featuring a sizeable taproot, Pallaton can be tolerant to drought once established.
Grazing canola (L), Pallaton (M) and Forage rape (R).
Pallaton Raphno® is sold by the hectare, and is sown at a rate of 8 kg/ha. Pallaton seed should be sown at a depth of approximately 10mm and rolled until firm. Sow at soil temperatures of 12°C and rising. If autumn sown ensure sowing occurs before soil temps drop below 12°C. Available under agency agreement through accredited retailers only.
"If you don’t have lambs/cattle on hand when Pallaton is ready to graze, consider another stock class such as ewes. Ewes will help ‘open up’ the crop which can be very beneficial for introducing lambs to the crop afterwards.
Stocking rate is very important to get right. Understocking will result in poorer utilisation and risk losing quality, while overstocking may see you run short of feed. If you can’t go early, not all is lost. It may mean you can carry a higher yield forward to a period when you require it. However, adjust your expectations and understand your regrowth potential, crop utilisation and/or crop feed quality may be compromised."
Explains Dr Charlotte Westwood, Veterinary Nutritionist.
Sheep: Begin grazing Pallaton at 25cm (this can also be measured by roughly middle of shin) and stop grazing between 5 and 10cm.
Cattle: Begin grazing Pallaton at 40/45cm (this can also be measured by roughly knee height) and stop grazing between 5 and 10cm.
^Goliath forage rape
Minimum 500mm rainfall per annum unless irrigated
After the first grazing, we had about $600 a hectare clear profit, and we still have another 3 or 4 grazing’s to go. The lambs love it and are achieving weight gains of up to 300 grams a day."
I sowed in the middle of February and was grazing by the start of April which filled a feed gap. Autumn sowing is very successful and has really enabled us to grow big amounts of feed quickly when soil temperatures are up. Once grazing canola’s are locked up, I have had another 2-3 grazings off Pallaton by December. That’s what sets Pallaton apart; quality feed that keeps on going."
We planted 16 hectares of Pallaton for a summer fodder crop to finish our lambs and some purchased trade lambs; the Pallaton crop has done that with spades. We planted it on the 20th of September 2021 with 125kg/ha DAP and were grazing the crop by the 18th of November 2021. The crop was then grazed another 6 times between then and June 2022. The average number of lambs at each grazing was 1300. The Pallaton crop enabled us to finish our own lambs and, profit from finishing over 1000 purchased store lambs too. On top of finishing a lot of lambs, we didn’t have to spray the Pallaton for butterflies and moths, unlike most other brassica crops we grow."