Moreover, fodder beet
has been found to have replacement value relative to concentrate of 81% to 91% in sheep trials .
Swedes and fodder beet
are also grown for winter grazing.
A further 10 acres of fodder beet
supplement the feeding regime to produce a rolling average of 8, 600 litres per cow - more than 5, 200 litres of it coming from maize.
Martin Baird also receives pounds 200 as recognition of conservation work, which includes restoring hedgerows and managing the fodder beet
on his dairy farm to provide cover for birds.
They also grow 130-acres of corn and mix their own feed from the fodder beet
and maize grown on the farm.
There are three blocks with 110 Holstein Friesian cows milked, 30 pedigree Welsh Black cows, 230 breeding ewes, 80 acres of barley, five acres of fodder beet
and two acres of swedes.
Since then, approximately seven kilometres of hedgerows have been laid, one kilometre of new hedge created and one of Mr Baird's key successes has been his four acres of fodder beet
, which provides excellent cover and feed for birds.
They are given no growth promoters and are fed simply on grass,hay,barley and fodder beet
as they graze peacefully on the hills surrounded by the Brecon Beacons.
According to independent grassland expert, Charlie Morgan, brassicas - including kale, fodder beet
, swedes and stubble turnips - can fill short-term summer grazing gaps or be a means of out-wintering stock.
She claimed the Soil Association had shown more than 100 organic farms could be at risk of contamination from the current round of GM-crop test sites for oil seed rape, sugar beet and fodder beet
, in England.
On the farming side, Penllyn currently grows 600 acres of arable crops - winter wheat, winter barley, fodder beet
, oil seed rape, maize, beans and oats.
Mr Cottle says conventional fodder beet
grown by him cost pounds 66 to spray and needed six treatments, while the GM maize was sprayed twice at a cost of pounds 10.