Quantum II 

Tall fescue

  • Excellent annual dry matter production
  • Very good disease resistance
  • Improved digestibility and metabolisable energy (MJME)
  • Low aftermath heading
  • New Zealand bred for local conditions

 

Farm Type
Farm Type
  • Sowing Rate 32 kg/ha
  • Heading Date Early

Quantum II tall fescue is a deep rooted, robust, productive tall fescue that is more persistent than perennial ryegrass and can tolerate waterlogging, salinity, grass grub, heat and drought.

Sowing and Establishment

Tall fescue has a relatively slow seedling growth compared to perennial ryegrass, so should not be sown in ryegrass mixtures. Sow in spring or early autumn at 22-32 kg/ha (Superstrike® treated seed) with 4-6 kg/ha Superstrike treated white clover and with Grasslands Puna II chicory. Sow within the range of 5-15 mm, certainly not deeper. Tall fescue performs best with good soil fertility and regular use of nitrogen.

 

  • Pasture Life 5 years+

Grazing Management

Take care not to overgraze during establishment – short, quick grazings are best. Avoid allowing tall fescue pastures to decline in quality, as palatability decreases markedly.
To maintain maximum quality and palatability, tall fescue pastures should be maintained at a post-grazing residual of 10-15 cm.

EXAMPLE PASTURE MIXES

Dairy Pasture Mix
Quantum II tall fescue 22-28 kg/ha
Legacy white clover 2 kg/ha
Quartz white clover 2 kg/ha

Sheep and Beef Pasture Mix
Quantum II tall fescue 22-28 kg/ha
Quartz white clover 2 kg/ha
Hilltop white clover 2 kg/ha

For increased animal performance, nitrogen fixation and pasture management, add Amigain red clover to pasture mixes at 4-6 kg/ha.

  • Grazing Method Rotational Grazed – Long Term
Steve Johnston

Quantum II tall fescue is used in a dryland situation, with 140 hectares of a tall fescue/white clover mix and 150 hectares of a tall fescue and Stamina 5 lucerne mix sown last season. “Mainly used for finishing lambs and trading cattle, we are pleased with the weight gains achieved. Carcass yields were also better,” says Steve.

Steve Johnston, Otago

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