Shirohie is our number one millet variety and our most popular type of summer feed. It is very cost effective in providing fast food and lots of it. Shirohie can be sown earlier than the sorghums in October and will grow into late summer/early autumn when it matures and sets seed. It is a tall leafy grass with a thin stem which will grow to around 1.5 metres in height.
Shirohie Millet is a simple low cost option for summer feed if irrigation is an option. It is leafy and if kept short it is digestible and provides reasonable quality feed. It will grow back very quickly and can be grazed safely in about 14 days. Do not sow too much as Shirohie must be kept short and once it becomes too tall cows may refuse to eat it. It is not a preferred option if hay/silage is required as it is low in bulk.
It is wise to include clovers (red or white) with Shirohie Millet pasture blends to assist with supplying nitrogen. Chicory, plantain and forage brassicas are good companions with millet to add quality to the pasture. However do not add too many combinations as weed control and grazing management becomes difficult.