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Barberia has the growth of an annual with persistence approaching that of a perennial. Selected from North African genetics, Barberia has good heat and drought tolerance. With adequate moisture, it will produce well in late summer when traditional perennials are struggling to grow through the hotter months.
Barberia is an early flowering variety with a short overall heading period. This allows it to come quickly back into vegetative growth if moisture is available.
Barberia has fast establishment and very good early growth providing exceptional winter feed.
Barberia is very palatable and has been preferentially grazed in trials and demonstration paddocks. Highly palatable ryegrass can result in increased intake and add to overall animal performance. Barberia contains no endophyte and is therefore free from associated side effects including staggers and heat stress.
Although Barberia has winter and spring yields similar to a short term ryegrass, it will persist for 4-5 years or more, reducing the need for re-sowing. This allows Barberia to be sown as part of a permanent pasture mix, increasing first winter growth but not allowing weeds to invade the pasture in the second or third year.