• High leaf-to-stem ratio with very good late-winter leafiness
  • Excellent stem softness to promote crop utilisation and good stem quality to enhance animal performance
  • High whole plant metabolisable energy (MJME) content
  • Bred for low levels of S-methyl cysteine sulphoxide (SMCO)
  • Good regrowth if lightly grazed during late summer
  • First and second crop option
Farm Type
  • Sowing Rate 4 kg/ha
  • Days to Grazing From 150 to 220
  • Growing Seasons Spring, Summer
  • Grazing Seasons Autumn, Winter
  • Potential Yield 14,000 kgDM/ha
  • Utilisation 70%

Kestrel kale – for when you need exceptionally high quality winter feed for top animal performance. Kestrel has a high leaf percentage and soft, digestible stems that deliver an energy-dense, easy-to-graze feed. Soft stems offer excellent crop utilisation, even for young sheep, deer and cattle. Late-winter leafiness means better stock performance throughout the season. Kestrel has the adaptability to fit into a range of farm systems and soil types.

Kestrel, the perfect choice when animal performance is your focus.


Kale type: Short height

Number of grazings: 1

PGG Wrightson Seeds Sales Agronomist Brian Young in a Kestrel kale crop in Tapanui, West Otago. 

Stuart Ross Kestral

“Kestrel kale is a strong plant that holds up in challenging weather conditions. Kestrel is palatable for all stock classes; the steers do well on the stem after the hoggets clean up most of the foliage.”

Stuart ross, martinborough, wairarapa