Introduction to Pasture

Getting the best value out of pasture is about understanding what feed is needed and when. and making the most out of your land by growing feed on-farm.


The Four Steps to Choose a Ryegrass

At PGG Wrightson Seeds we believe there are four steps to choose a ryegrass:

1. How long do you want it to last?*

Less than 1 year Annual ryegrass
1-2 years Italian ryegrass
2-3 years Short rotation ryegrass
3+ years Long rotation ryegrass
5+ years Perennial ryegrass

* Under average or better management, soil fertility and moisture, and with the optimum endophyte.

2. What endophyte do you need?
i.e. which insects does your paddock have?

  • Argentine Stem Weevil
  • African Black Beetle
  • Pasture Mealy Bug
  • Root Aphid

To see which endophytes protect against these insect pests see Understanding Endophytes.


3. How will your paddock be grazed?
i.e. which grass to use, diploids versus tetraploids?

Rotational grazing or short periods of set stocking Tetraploids
Rotational grazing, short periods of set stocking and long periods of set stocking  Diploids

See the Interactive Product Guide for more information about Diploids and Tetraploids.

4. Do you need strong ryegrass growth rates early in spring or is late spring feed quality more important?

Early-mid season heading ryegrasses can provide more dry matter, earlier in spring. Late season heading ryegrasses yield better quality feed in late spring and more total yield. Your farm's ryegrass portfolio should include a range of early-mid and late heading ryegrasses to deliver a balance of early season growth plus late spring feed quality.

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