Base is a late maturing tetraploid perennial ryegrass available with AR37 endophyte. Base offers superb dry matter yield meaning more feed is available for your stock. An added feature of Base is its high seasonal production in autumn and winter. It also responds well to summer rainfall, providing growth when moisture and fertility are available. Well established in the dairy sector and seen as a leading option by beef and sheep farmers, Base AR37 kicks goals for Australian farmers.
Leigh Weston (Victorian farmer) and Jake Frecklington (DLF Seeds Sales Agronomist) discuss the benefits of sowing Base AR37 in a Dairy operation.
"Base suits our farm and our management style. When the cows come in here, you will get another litre or two per cow in the vat, theres no doubt about it." Explains Leigh.
Base AR37 tetraploid perennial ryegrass available from DLF Seeds has again come out on top of Dairy Australia’s latest Australian Forage Value Index (FVI) 2022 update. The FVI rating system helps Australian dairy producers make better-informed decisions when choosing a perennial ryegrass cultivar. It provides an accurate, reliable and independent assessment of the potential economic benefit of perennial ryegrass cultivars in different dairy regions of southeast Australia.
Base AR37 is Australian bred for Australian conditions and ultimatley, the superb dry matter yield Base offers coupled with premium insect control means more feed is available for your stock and persistence is optimised.
Jason Agars, DLF Seeds National Sales and Marketing Manager says “This is a fantastic result, once again for Base AR37. This result, coupled with the fact that it’s Australian bred, really demonstrates its value to Australian farmers. The performance of Base AR37 in our conditions is exceptional and its fit across farming systems in southern Australia continues to expand. In the current environment, with strong milk and red meat markets, it makes a lot of sense to choose the variety that will drive the most productivity”.
Additional information on the Australian Forage Value Index and the 2021 Forage Value Index Pasture Tables can be found here.
Discover the advantage of using Base AR37 over Victorian Ryegrass.
In 2016 a demonstration commenced on a property located near Hamilton (‘Wexford’), owned by Tony Fleetwood. The aim was to evaluate lamb and ewe performance on two different perennial ryegrasses. These were Base AR37 (a late heading tetraploid containing AR37 endophyte) and Victorian SE (an early heading diploid containing standard endophyte). The trial was and continues to be independently managed by Andrew Speirs, a consultant with Meridian Agriculture.
Calculated income by variety. The added value of ewe growth and stocking rate (which was higher for Base AR37) was not included.
In 2019 Base AR37 was overstocked during lambing which impacted future pasture growth. However, it was still significantly more profitable than Victorian SE throughout the year.
In 2017 a limited number of measurements were taken and observations indicated a significant benefit to Base AR37, however full animal measurements did not begin until the 2018 season.
There is a common misconception that Victorian SE persists in years with low rainfall in comparison to modern perennial ryegrass pastures. This graph shows Base AR37 shows a stronger persistence into year four in comparison to Victorian SE, despite a dry year in 2019.
* 2021 rainfall based on year to date (November 2021)
For more information on Base AR37, deomonstration details of the completed "Independent on farm demonstration Hamilton Victoria (sheep)", Dairy Australia's FVI rating of Base AR37 or, to find your nearest stockist, contact us on 1800 619 910 or get in touch with your local Sales Agronomist today.
Base AR37 is available from all major retailers.