As a secure runoff for a number of shareholders, it was clear from the get-go that a high-yielding crop was necessary for this farm. Paired with pending regulations that mandate lowering nitrogen levels by 30%, using fodder beet was a no brainer. A cost-effective, high energy crop, the fact that fodder beet’s energy is sugar-based means that protein (and subsequently nitrogen excretion) levels are far lower than crops such as kale. Over a smaller area too, this allows them to successfully manage over 3000 animals on only 107ha of fodder beet.