Nutritious and palatable feed throughout spring and summer.
Pastoral is a summer-active, early flowering variety. Temperate types exhibit pring/summer activity with some slow growth in winter, they do not frost off as easily as cocksfoot and phalaris.regions.
Grazing: Pastoral fescue can be lightly grazed when plants resist pulling and the root system is well developed, this is typically in late winter or early spring. Fescue should be rotationally grazed to ensure the plant does not exceed 10-12cm, which will maximise tillering and encourage active leaf growth.
Good rust resistance
BOSCHHOEK is ideally suited for South African conditions. Whereas most Fescues have fairly course leaves, resulting in lower palatability, BOSCHHOEK, with its relatively soft leaves, is more acceptable to the grazing animal and therefore of wider use. It is also useful for sowing in heavy bottomland soils as a permanent pasture. BOSCHHOEK can be grown under irrigation or where the annual rainfall exceeds about 900mm and summer temperatures are not too high.
BOSCHHOEK has high dry matter production and is bred in S.A. for S.A conditions using dairy cows to select palatable plants. It is a tufted perennial with dense tillers and is used for grazing, silage and hay. It should be held over early autumn for good growth and is a variety that is protected by Plant Breeders Rights.
Best use for grazing
JESSUP is best adapted to clay or clay loam soils. It is tolerant to acid soils and poor drainage, but not well suited to sandy soils.
JESSUP is widely adapted and well suited to reclamation and erosion control. The sowing rate for JESSUP is 25kg/ha.
The seed should be planted art least 10 weeks before the first frosts are expected.
When JESSUP is fed to cattle, average daily gains of 1kg/day are possible and it is widely adapted and can survive light grazing with little managment.
JESSUP will produce large quantities of highly palatable grass.