High yields

Bred by ARC - Range and Forage Institute at Cedara, CAVERSHAM provides an excellent Diploid Italian Ryegrass that is perfect for local conditions.

CAVERSHAM is resistant to Leaf and Stem Rust. It has a European pedigree but has the advantage of being bred over 10 years under local condi- tions. In trials at Cedara, CAVERSHAM out-yielded MIDMAR by 2.97 tonnes DM/ha.

Along with that it is also quick to germinate and very palatable. CAVERSHAM has been on the market for more than 15 years, and still surprises farmers by being number one in July and August in trials throughout the country.

CAVERSHAM was last trialled by the MPO in 2006 in Boston, and CAVERSHAM came second overall! More importantly, CAVERSHAM came first in the July cut! 


Handles summer heat better 

SPRINGBOARD can handle the summer heat better than any other varieties. Like all spring- planted ryegrass, regular fertilizer applications and irrigation are strongly recommended after each grazing. The prostrate growth habit smothers early spring weed emergence.

SPRINGBOARD’s large seed makes it easy for planting. SPRINGBOARD can be used in conjunction with CAPTAIN drilled in autumn to boost mid-winter production. Being a pure Italian gives SPRINGBOARD vigorous spring growth and it will only go to seed after the following winter under the correct management. 

Supreme Q

Higher weight gains for beef and sheep

SUPREME Q is one of the new generation high quality Italian Ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum) varieties bred at Cedara by the ARC-API group and licensed to Capstone Seed for the production and marketing of the variety.

SUPREME Q was released with higher dry mat- ter and TNC (total non structural carbohydrates) content than conventional varieties. The original improved TNC variety bred by the ARC, Enhancer, was tested extensively under dairy conditions and showed an unequivocal improvement in cow milk yield both in the Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal.

There is no reason why SUPREME Q should not deliver higher animal performance as well. 


Reproductive later than others

SUSTAINER has exceptionally high dry matter production and, under correct management, can be a biennial.

Italian ryegrass is one of the fastest growing grasses available to farmers. Italian ryegrass establishes well, has early spring growth, rapid regrowth after cutting and offers good digestibility.

Because Italian ryegrass thrives in all kinds of soils, it is used extensively for pasture purposes and often in mixtures with red clover. SUSTAINER is a diploid Italian variety. 


Vigorous establishment

ICON is an Italian ryegrass with excellent pro- duction over winter and spring. ICON is an ideal ryegrass to sow for large amounts of winter and spring grazing, or silage production.

ICON is a new generation purpose bred variety from the internationally recognized DLF Seeds company. It is a mid-season maturing true Italian type that can be sown as a Biennial option where there is summer irrigation or sufficient soul moisture to sustain production through the summer period.

ICON has a heading date that is around 7 days later than NUI, with very little aftermath heading meaning that there is a limited loss of feed quality in the mid spring period. 


Excellent annual production

MONA is a new tetraploid Italian ryegrass bred by DLF Seeds in New Zealand. The objectives in the breeding programme and testing were to develop a cultivar with improved production in all seasons, and the ability to produce for two or more years in favorable climates.

Testing has confirmed that MONA is at least as good as the best cultivars for production and survival.

An added benefit of MONA is its very late heading date (+28 days). This extends the period in spring when farmers can graze or cut very leafy and high quality forage by up to one month.

Winter and early spring growth is not compromised by the late heading. 

Kigezi 1

Excellent annual production

Drymatter yield is important but is not the only factor to consider when selecting varieties. We need to consider if the matter produced will result in a higher yield of milk. With this in mind we can appreciate that KIGEZI 1 yields 5% more milk energy than the average of generally recommended varieties (trials in the UK). 

KIGEZI 1 is a tetraploid and thus has an increased palatability. The excellent rust resistance and good standability adds to the ease of conservation and quality of the harvested forage. 


KIGEZI 1 also has a ground cover of 50% the first harvest year and is above all the other recommended varieties in the UK. 


In the charts below KIGEZI 1 is compared to the average of all of the fully recommended varieties from the UK Herbage Varieties Guide 2012-13. The ME yield is for the first harvest year and 100 = 122000 MJ/ha.