Maverick GII short rotation ryegrass contains both Italian and perennial ryegrass genetics, and can persist as well as some low endophyte perennial ryegrasses.
The following dry matter data compares Maverick GII and Maverick Gold (expressed as a percentage of Tabu). Maverick GII, as seen below, establishes well and has excellent spring and summer dry matter production for a short rotation ryegrass.
Dry matter production data is an average of five 15 month trials (three from Kimihia Research Centre and two from Gordonton Research Centre, Waikato). The trials were established in autumn 2003, autumn 2004 and autumn 2005 (Kimihia only) and concluded in autumn 2004, autumn 2005 and autumn 2006 respectively.
Maverick GII short rotation ryegrass can be sown at 15-25 kg/ha as a pure sward with clover, or added to a perennial pasture mix at 4-7 kg/ha. In an undersowing situation, sow Superstrike treated seed at 10-15 kg/ha.
Maverick GII short rotation ryegrass is best suited to rotational grazing. For best persistence, avoid hard grazing over summer.