Perennial Ryegrass

Perennial Ryegrass has been one of the main grass components in sheep/beef and dairy systems throughout the southern agricultural region. Due to the fact the vast majority of Perennial Ryegrass Germplasm comes from European and New Zealand varieties we have struggled to get long term persistence from perennial ryegrass in our climate, unless irrigation is available. The major breakthroughs with Perennial Ryegrass have come with a commitment from proprietary companies sourcing Germplasm from more arid regions, (ie North Africa, Spain, Morocco) which may have a better fit with our cold wet winters and long dry summers. The heat tolerance and persistence capabilities of these new varieties have made a ryegrass dryland pasture in the southern region a real and viable proposition. There are also a few Australian Breeding houses who have continued to produce quality Australian ryegrass cultivars which handle our summer conditions. Naracoorte Seeds is committed to using varieties best suited to our region.

EARLY

Variety Endophyte Status Heading Dates Attributes

Barberia

Nil -21 Fast establishing, grows like an annual and persists like a perennial. Excellent heat tolerance, warm season germplasm.

Kidman

AR1 (Staggers Free) -9 Strong autumn/winter and early spring production, very good plant pulling resistance.

Victorian

Standard (Graze Carefully) -9 Proven performer, reliable production, value for money.

Camel

Nil -8 Very tough variety, step up from Vic without the staggers issues.

Roper

Nil  

-8

Up to 130% more root development than other varieties in the first 65 days. Good option in tough marginal areas on the fringe of Ryegrass production.

Bolton

Nil -3 Vic Rye selection, excellent persistence in marginal areas, good all round production.

 

MID

Nui

Standard (Graze Carefully) 0 Older variety, offers value for money but has been outclassed.

Extreme

AR1 (Staggers Free) 0 Winter/spring producer, holds quality later into season.

Avalon

AR1 (Staggers Free) +3 Strong winter production, persistent, dense growth habit.

Arrow

AR1 (Staggers Free) +7 Very high total yield, outstanding late winter/early spring and summer growth, good clover compatibility.

 

 

LATE

Impact 2

NEA2 (Staggers Free) +18 Improvement on original Impact, still a favourite among dairy circles, reliable producer, high tiller density.

Platinum

Low +21 High quality option for late country or where irrigation is available, densely tillered and capable of continuous grazing.

Base

AR37 +22 Unsurpassed for dry matter yield, responds well to summer rain, high tiller density.

Matrix

Low +23 Bred from perennial ryegrass and meadow fescue. High leaf rust resistance, low aftermath heading. Superior late winter/early spring growth rates.

Bealey

NEA2 (Staggers Free) +25 Lush, dark green colour, excellent all-round production, will respond to summer rain.

Shogun

NEA2 (Staggers Free) +26 Very strong establishment vigour, combines high winter growth and good summer production with quality.

Digby

Low +32 NZ bred, very vigorous variety, suited to high rainfall areas or irrigation only.