Feast® II tetraploid Italian ryegrass has set the benchmark for quality and production in the Italian ryegrass market for the past decade. It provides exceptional winter and spring growth combined with low aftermath heading. Feast® II offers farmers an excellent return on investment achieved by multiple grazing opportunities during cooler months as well as a high quality hay and silage later in the season.
Feast® II was bred for high quality feed into the summer period coupled with strong growth through winter. This is achieved through its later flowing date and its lower After Math Heading (AMH). AMH is the ability of the plant to revert back into delivering high quality vegetative feed quickly after producing seed heads, rather than continuing to put up seed heads. As a result, the lower the AMH, the better the pasture quality, especially in summer.
Being a tetraploid ryegrass, Feast® II is highly palatable to stock which can lead to improved animal intake and increased production through meat and milk. Many farmers over-sow Feast® II each year into existing pasture to provide extra winter growth of high quality forage. Feast® II can persist for up to 2 years if summer moisture is available or the conditions through the summer months are mild. Alternatively, Feast® II is an ideal specialist crop for hay or silage production.
Feast® II was selected as a successor to the original Feast Italian ryegrass. The key criteria that Feast® II was selected for was an increase in
dry matter production, increased persistence into the second year, rust resistance (which is a critical trait for the Australian market) and
reduced after math heading (AMH). Feast® II has performed extremely well for a number of years and continues to maintain the traits
that it was bred for to help Australian farmers grow more high quality feed.
Feast® II tetraploid seed is heavier than diploid seed, so ideally should be sown at a 40% higher rate than that of diploid cultivars. Sow
between 15-40kg/ha using Ultrastrike® film coat seed treatment.
Sow as early as possible to maximise winter feed in the first year and monitor fertility levels to optimise production.
Feast® II should be sown as soon as there is adequate moisture in the autumn which will maximise winter production.
A light grazing as soon as the plants can withstand pulling will encourage tillering as well as growth of other species such as clovers if
they have been sown with Feast® II. Ensure you test the plants before allowing stock to graze the paddock otherwise this may cause
significant damage to the newly sown pasture.
Further grazing should not occur until the plants have reached the third leaf growth stage. Feast® II is best suited to rotational grazing as
this allows the plant to recover as quickly as possible.
For best persistence and to maximise second year crops, avoid hard grazing over the summer period. Recovery of the plants will be
determined by how much residual is left after the grazing period. Avoid grazing to bare ground as this will significantly slow down the
rate of recovery after grazing and will be detrimental to the overall production of the ryegrass over the entire growing season.
Minimum 500mm rainfall per annum unless irrigated
We've grown an extra 30% - 40% more feed on our farm since changing to Feast® II