AB13: Brassica fodder crop

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the brassica fodder crop option.

How much will be paid

£100 per hectare (ha).

Where to use this option

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier

Whole or part parcel


Only on:

  • arable land
  • temporary grassland

Where this option cannot be used

  • on parcels identified as being at medium to high erosion risk on the Farm Environment Record (FER)
  • on parcels immediately adjacent to a watercourse
  • on historic or archaeological features identified in your HEFER or FER

How this option will benefit the environment

It provides foraging sites for seed-eating birds in pastoral areas where broad-leaved plants can persist in the crop and set seed.

If successful, there will be:

  • a weedy fodder crop during the summer and autumn
  • an open grazed stubble which provides some winter cover and feeding areas for farmland birds


  • establish a whole or part field of fodder brassica or fodder root crop before 31 July
  • commence grazing after 15 October
  • return the stubble to the farm rotation from 15 February

Do not:

  • apply any herbicides or insecticides

Keeping records

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • field operations at the parcel level, including associated invoices
  • stock records to show grazing activity on parcels

On your annual claim you will be asked to declare that you haven’t carried out any activities prohibited by the option requirements.

All applicants will need to send the following with their application:

  • map showing the location of watercourses

The following options and supplements can be located on the same area as this option:

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this option

The following section gives advice on carrying out this option successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this option.

Managing livestock in the option area

As set out in the scheme requirements (Mid Tier manual section 6.2.1 General management requirements) make sure that grazing on the option does not create poaching or soil erosion. The open structure of the fodder crop increases the risk of both occurring when it is being grazed. Supplementary feeding could also result in poaching and soil compaction, so should be avoided.

Rotational management

Remember that stubbles should be in place from harvest until at least 31 December in year 5 of the agreement, after which time it can be returned to the rotation.

Further information

See the Mid Tier manual or Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 10 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated for 2017 applications.
  2. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  3. First published.