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?
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.