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Tall Fescue

A slower establishing, deep rooted, drought tolerant, perennial grass species which best suits high fertility and heavy or wetter soils. Best used in areas which receive periodic summer moisture. Tall fescue tolerates acid and alkaline soils and poor drainage. Tall fescue responds well to nitrogen. The seed is best sown in warm soils and should not be mixed with ryegrass as it will not ultimately compete and the fescue soon disappears.

Can be mixed with less competitive species such as upright cocksfoot cultivars, timothy, fog, and brome species. Tall fescue cultivars sold in New Zealand do not contain the tall fescue endophyte, but in wild tall fescue, endophyte may be present and can be toxic to livestock. Graze frequently during spring to prevent seed head build up and to thereby maintain quality. >> View Catalogue

Cocksfoot

A slower establishing, productive, drought tolerant, perennial grass species which grows strongly in summer. Cocksfoot is best used in drier, moderate fertility and free draining soils. Once established, Cocksfoot resists pasture pest attack. Its forage quality is not as good as perennial ryegrass and the species requires grazing to prevent excessive seed head development.

Best sown when soil temperatures are warm. Upright forms of Cocksfoot may be mixed with perennial ryegrass and phalaris. Lower seeding rates of the prostrate forms should be considered if used in mixes. >> View Catalogue


Timothy

Timothy is a perennial grass which starts growth in mid spring, flowering much later than most ryegrasses. It remains highly palatable even at the seed head stage and makes high quality hay. It has low drought tolerance and is very susceptible to Argentine stem weevil. A useful addition in the mix to dairy pastures. Slow to establish. Will withstand heavy winter stock treading. >> View Catalogue


Fog

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Prairie

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Rye Clover

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Brome

Brome grasses in New Zealand are represented by at least five diverse species. All of these species have strong seed awns so use de-awned seed for easier drilling. >> View Catalogue


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