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(Sowing Rates: Alone: 22-25 kgs per ha)
Tall Fescue is a perennial grass more tolerant of hot summer, poorly drained soils than perennial ryegrass. Although it will perform best on heavier soil types, provided there is some summer moisture (either rainfall or irrigation) of some sort it will also perform well on free draining soil types. Tall Fescue requires different pasture management than ryegrass and this has been its main limitation in NZ. Tall Fescue needs to be grazed at the correct time in spring, often more frequently than ryegrass or otherwise its palatability is lost. Newer cultivars mentioned here are softer leaf types with improved year round production and are quicker to establish than the older Roa type.
Brutus: Brutus is a high yielding forage fescue with low endophyte levels. It is one of the latest generations of forage fescues selected for its palatability, cold tolerance and drought tolerance.
Easton Max P: Easton is the latest tall fescue released from Agricom. Easton has been developed from Advance tall fescue for increased production, combined with superior persistence.
Tower Tall Fescue: New release from DLF Seeds. Tower is a soft and palatable tall fescue, with excellent performance in New Zealand conditions.
Note: Max P Endophyte: Max P is a novel endophyte for the use in modern tall fescue cultivars. Max P greatly increases tall fescues persistence and production by protecting it from insects. Click here for more information on Endophyte Options.
(Sowing Rates: Alone: 25-30 kgs per ha)
The Brome grass family are best suited to free draining soils with moderate to high fertility. They will not persist on poorly drained soil types. Very palatable with good average quality.
Cultivars: Atom (Bromus willenowii) is best suited to Rotational Grazing systems, Bareno (Bromus valdivianus), Gala (Bromus stamineus) are better suited to Set Stocking. Matua (Bromus willdenowii) has been proven to have a large potential, particularly on the lighter dryland sheep farms where severe production decreases caused by poor survival of ryegrass during recent drought have occurred.
(Sowing Rates: Alone: 5-8 kgs per ha. Mixed: 2-3 kgs per ha)
Are best in well managed grazing systems. Recommended in summer dry situations where they can provide important dry matter during these periods. The newer cultivars are less aggressive and more disease resistant than the older types and are therefore easier to control in the very important spring period.
Cultivars: Athos, Greenly, Kainui, Kara, Safin, Savvy, Tekapo, Wana, Vision.
(Sowing Rates: Mixed: 1-2 kgs per ha)
Grow with vigour during the Autumn, Winter and Spring but is semi – dormant during the summer. This helps increase persistence. They have a well developed rhizomatous root system which make it very tolerant of grass grub attack. Phalaris must be used as a component of a pasture seed mix to avoid risk of Phalaris staggers.
(Sowing Rates: Alone: 6-8 kgs per ha. Mixed: 2-3 kgs per ha)
Mainly used as an important part of any pasture seed mix where high spring / summer production is required is therefore better suited to areas where summer moisture is assured. Very palatable to all stock types care must be taken to avoid over grazing. Has very high herbage quality features.
Cultivars: Dolina, Kahu, Imported types, Viking.
(Sowing Rates: Alone: Alone: 6-8 kgs per ha. Mixed: 2-4 kgs per ha)
Yorkshire Fog tolerates wet, infertile and acidic soil types and because of this has been used for forestry and erosion control and on high country sheep farms. Massey Basyn contains flavanoids and tannins both have been shown to improve stock health when used for stock grazing. Yorkshire Fog has a low dry matter yield but its young shoots are readily eaten and it is highly digestible.
Cultivars: Imported types
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Advance Max P Tall Fescue: Late flowering type which is quick to establish with high summer and autumn production.
Fescmore Tall Fescue: Good stock performance with good spring / summer production.
Finesse Q Tall Fescue: Finesse Q is an extremely persistent, high yielding, densely tillered, soft-leaf fescue with a semi-late heading date.
Hykor festulolium Tall Fescue: New release from DLF Seeds. Hykor is a cross between fescue and Italian ryegrass. This cross is a first in the New Zealand market. The Italian in it will give increased palatability.
Meadow Fescue are very persistent grasses and don’t require high temperatures for active growth. Meadow fescues are also suitable for a wide range of soil types. Meadow Fescue is always extremely low in supply