Used mainly in grazing
A temperate perennial which is adapted to cool moist areas – fertile soils preferably with irrigation.
OPTIMUM is mainly used in grazing and combines well with clovers. It has an establishment of 12-28 kg/ ha.
OPTIMUM has withstood the test of time and is still widely used around the world. Newer varieties are available however that may out perform OPTIMUM.
Rapid and vigorous establishment
A mid season diploid perennial ryegrass bred for high input grazing systems.
BILLABONG is a forage perennial ryegrass suited to a wide range of enterprises. BILLABONG is a mid maturing variety with an extended grazing season into the summer before going to head. The increased growth curve results in more even dry matter production year after year compared to earlier maturing varieties.
BILLABONG is easy to establish in the autumn and shows rapid growth in the spring. It as excellent rust tolerance and is resistant to most diseases. Billabong may be sown in a wide range of soil types. It performs best in areas receiving over 700mm rainfall or with irrigation.
BILLABONG can be sown on its own (25 – 35kg/ ha), or as part of a pasture mix with clovers and fescue. This “all round” ryegrass ideally suits set flocking and rotational grazing systems for cattle and sheep
Diploid Perennial Ryegrass
24SEVEN EDGE is a new release from DLF Seeds’ New Zealand plant breeders, and is suited to a vast amount of regions. The novel endophyte Edge provides this grass with the protection from black beetle, Argentine stem weevil (ASW), pasture mealy bug and root aphid, without affecting animal production or health.
The production of 24SEVEN has been tested in several trials (4 completed, 10 current) across New Zealand, in which 24SEVEN has never been beaten by any other commercial cultivars. It also has unusually strong cool-season growth for such a late heading date. 24SEVEN therefore breaks the old dilemma created from late heading ryegrass having less early spring growth than mid-heading cultivars.
Very high yields
TANKER is the first perennial ryegrass to be released from DLF’s New Zealand breeding programme. It was bred specifically for our climate and the seasonal needs of farmers.
TANKER is a tetraploid perennial with a late heading date, and is ideal for farmers wanting to achieve high animal performance and stocking rates.
TANKER has a relative fine leaf and high tiller density for a tetraploid, giving it good tolerance to close grazing and pugging. Capstone is currently carrying out South African trails and the results are looking extremely convincing.
LINDOR II is an outstanding, diploid perennial ryegrass for forage production. It produces a high quality and healthy pasture and differs from other varieties because of its persistence and permanence in pastures.
LINDOR II is very well adapted to various environmental conditions including cold winters and dry summers.
LINDOR II has a well distributed dry matter production throughout its growth cycle and compared with its predecessors it has been observed to have higher yields in autumn and winter when forage supplies are at their lowest.
High yield in summer
NEPTUN is a early perennial ryegrass with summer production. In regions with concentrated dairy production the trend goes towards more conservation feeding.
Early perennial ryegrass fits in many ways here, but most varieties lack production in summer. NEPTUN - an early tetraploid variety from DLF, breaks this barrier.