Thousand Head Kale

A well proven, highly adaptable fodder crop providing high yields of succulent green fodder

  • Leafy, medium height variety
  • Excellent crop utilisation due to highly digestible stem
  • Superior animal performance due to high quality forage
  • Regrowth potential
  • Higher dry matter ensures winter hardiness and post Christmas feeding potential
  • Main crop species
  • Dairy
  • Beef
  • Sheep

Kale has a high energy value (10 - 11 MJ ME/kg DM) and a highly digestible crude protein content of 16 - 17. Typical yields are between 8t and 10t DM/ha and for optimal utilisation, it should be strip grazed using electric fencing which is moved daily. Kale can also be zero grazed.


Kale can be sown between late April to June and requires around 5 months to mature so can be utilised as a late summer forage gap filler or as a winter feed if established later.


Thousand Head kale has a high leaf to stem ration – greater than 50% of the stem is leaf – providing high quality feed for excellent animal performance. The medium height makes it ideal for fattening lambs or winter keep for sheep.



  • Leafy type for sheep production
  • Excellent crop utilisation due to highly digestible stem
  • Superior animal production due to enhanced forage quality
  • Good regrowth if lightly grazed during late summer



  • Suited to smaller stock classes and warmer climates


Utilisation: Graze in situ & zero graze

Sowing period: Spring & early summer

Utilisation period:  Autumn & winter

Days to maturity:  170-220 days

Soil type: Grows on most soils ideally with a pH of 6 - 6.5

Seed bed: Firm, fine level seed bed

Always ensure a run back area, fibre, fresh water and mineral source is available for grazing livestock


Sowing rate: 

Drilled: 1–2kg/acre (2.5–5kg/ha).

Broadcast: 3kg/acre (7.5kg/ha).


Available in pack sizes of 5kg or 25kg (untreated), 2kg (treated).

Thousand Head
Drilled: 1–2kg/acre
Broadcast: 3kg/acre

Kale is a well proven highly adaptable fodder crop that consistently provides high yields of succulent green fodder. Previously often cut and fed to housed livestock, it is most commonly utilised in a grazing situation now.