Speciality forages


Brigadier is a traditional polyploid, mangel type fodder beet with orange bulbs that sit high up out of the soil.


Brigadier is ideal for grazing in-situ by all livestock classes, and its high sugar level makes it very palatable. Fodder beet is a well known crop, but with new genetics and better management practices it is gaining rapid interest for its ability to produce very high yields of high quality forage. It is typically sown in spring using specialist seeders and has a 4–6 month growing period. Brigadier offers new genetic potential and is capable of producing 20–40t DM/ha for late autumn and winter grazing. It is not a brassica but a member of the beet family and offers the opportunity to break the traditional weed and pest cycle of brassicas, particularly for Diamondback moth. You should seek specialist advice from RAGT if considering growing this exciting crop.

Suited to all livestock types


  • High sugar feed option
  • Very high potential yields
  • Good weed & pest rotational crop
  • 75% in the ground


  • Very good palatability for all livestock classes
  • Can yield up to 20–40t DM/ha. Profitable crop option
  • Sound option to avoid Diamondback moth problems

Sowing Rates

Sole Species
80-100,000 seeds/ha