Feast II

Tetraploid Italian Ryegrass

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Feast II tetraploid Italian ryegrass
  • Excellent dry matter production and ideal for high quality silage
  • Outstanding summer quality for a high yielding Italian ryegrass (low aftermath heading)
  • Enhanced palatability and acceptance
  • Superior disease resistance and enhanced persistence
  • More rapid and reliable establishment than diploid types
Farm Type
  • Sowing Rate 22 kg/ha
  • Heading Date Late - 17 days later than Nui
The tetraploid nature of Feast® II Italian ryegrass can lead to improved animal intake through enhanced palatability. Feast II Italian ryegrass can be used as a specialist crop for livestock or silage production, while many farmers undersow it annually into existing pasture to provide extra winter growth of high quality forage. Feast II tetraploid Italian ryegrass can persist for 2-3 years in summer moist environments, with low insect pressure.

Sowing & Establishment

Sow at a minimum of 22 kg/ha as pure sward, or a minimum of 14 kg/ha using Superstrike treated seed, in an undersowing situation.
  • Pasture Life 6 mths - 2 years

Grazing Management

Feast II tetraploid Italian ryegrass is best suited to rotational grazing. For best persistence avoid hard grazing over summer. Feast II tetraploid Italian ryegrass is primarily used to significantly increase the winter and spring production of a pasture. For spring conservation, back fence during winter break feeding.
  • Grazing Method Rotational Grazed – Short Term
Feast II
Feast has provided excellent winter growth where the lambs can gain approximately 300 grams a day on average. We find the performance impressive and are amazed at how well it “bounces” back from grazing. Hamish says “he will sow 40ha of their 190ha property a year in the feast mix in a 4 year rotation”.
Hamish and nicola Campbell, Dannevirke, manawatu

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