In the high rainfall and irrigated regions of southern Australia perennial ryegrass is the grass of choice for permanent pastures. It is relatively easy and quick to establish and easy to manage, although it struggles under high summer temperatures and needs appropriate management to ensure long term persistence.
Ryegrasses with advanced endophyte that do not adversely affect stock are now readily available.
Alto is a high performance, late flowering perennial ryegrass developed from Impact. Alto has the same even growth pattern, late spring quality and excellent persistence with improved yield, particularly through early spring, summer and autumn.
Arrow is a high performance diploid perennial ryegrass combining high total yield, with outstanding late winter, early spring and summer growth. Arrow is mid-late flowering, giving improved spring quality in a high yielding perennial ryegrass.
Bealey is a very late flowering tetraploid perennial ryegrass that boosts animal performance by combining the key elements of excellent feed quality, high yields and more even seasonal growth.
Impact 2 is a late flowering, densely tillered diploid perennial ryegrass. It combines the typical winter late spring and early summer growth and late season quality of a late flowering perennial ryegrass with the strong autumn late winter and early spring production of earlier flowering varieties. This gives Impact 2 excellent year round and total yield.
Kidman is an early flowering diploid perennial ryegrass. It has high autumn, winter and early spring dry matter production. Leaves are medium-fine and deep green in colour. Tiller density can be described as medium-dense. Kidman has been selected for very low levels of aftermath heading and quick return to vegetative production.
Meridian is an elite early flowering ryegrass that typically grows 50% more feed during August and September, helping to fill the feed deficit during late winter and early spring and making the most of growing season rainfall.
Shogun is a late flowering tetraploid long rotation (perennial type hybrid) ryegrass that offers excellent establishment, autumn, late spring and summer production. The NEA2 endophyte contributes to its ability to persist under harsh conditions resulting in a reliable 3-4 years of production under normal conditions.