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Non -Toxic Perennial Grass Pastures for Sheep

Summary – Key Points:

  • Compared to Victorian perennial ryegrass with toxic endophyte, the Deep Rooted Perennial (DRP) pasture had:
    • Higher average stocking rates
    • Heavier Ewes
    • Higher lamb marking rates
    • Higher Net Income
    • Fewer worms
  • Samson ryegrass also had an advantage over Victorian BUT it has not persisted as well.
  • The Victorian perennial ryegrass treatment has a much lower legume content than the other treatments
  • The Victorian perennial ryegrass treatment was less palatable over summer than other treatments and produced toxins that were ingested by the ewes.
  • At the end of the project the only pasture that continued to persist well and produce the best production results was the Deep Rooted Perennials comprising Flecha tall fescue and Holdfast phalaris.​


Title Size Date published
784.6KB 01/07/2009
1.1MB 15/02/2012


Contract No. Title Start date End date Funding type
2006/V05 Non -Toxic Perennial Grass Pastures for Sheep
24/07/2008 16/07/2009

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