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Stamina grazing tolerant lucerne with true grazing tolerance

When identifying lucerne cultivars for true grazing tolerance, ensure you choose cultivars that are evaluated here in Australia under the internationally recognised Standard Test Protocol for grazing tolerant lucerne.

When choosing a variety for grazing, Stamina® GT varieties are the ultimate choices for a grazing tolerant lucerne. Stamina GT varieties will persist under set stocked grazing for prolonged periods and have been trialled over many years under the internationally recognised Standard Test Protocol for grazing tolerant lucerne.

The Stamina range of grazing tolerant lucernes provide:

  •  high yields and strong stand density
  • improved traffic tolerance
  • lower crown height causing less stress on crowns
  • long term, reliable feed (5 plus years of grazing)
  • persistence under multiple grazings
  • reduced risk of weed invasion by maintaining stand density for longer
  • high return on investment
  • strong recovery from drought
  • the ability to tolerate pests and diseases such as aphids, Sitona Weevil, fungi and viruses
  • quality hay production

The Stamina range of grazing tolerant lucernes offers premium quality hay and true grazing tolerance. This range features Stamina GT5, Stamina GT6 and a NEW highly winter active, grazing tolerant Lucerne, Stamina Torrens GT8 (limited quantities available).

Torrens GT8, a true dual-purpose lucerne

By combining winter activity and grazing tolerance, Torrens GT8 provides flexibility not previously available. The low crown height offers protection to the plant from heavy grazing, high tyre traffic or hoof damage. This means that Torrens GT8 fits a wide range of farm systems from hay production and crop rotations, to grazing enterprises. It also gives producers more management options and the ability to respond to variable conditions.

Isaac Berry, National product Development Manager says “The new Torrens GT8 is an exciting, highly winter active lucerne for the PGG Wrightson Seeds portfolio. In recent grazing tolerance trials, it was a true standout for persistence and ground cover compared to other winter active lucerne cultivars. After 2 years of consistent periods of set stocking, Torrens GT8 was the only highly winter active lucerne remaining. This gives farmers confidence that while grazing during times of feed shortages, Torrens GT8 can persist.”

Stamina GT5 and Stamina GT6 are also great options for your farm this Autumn. These varieties will persist under set stocked grazing for prolonged periods and will produce premium quality hay.

Australian farmers talk about Stamina grazing tolerant lucerne varieties.

Robert Cameron from Barrabool Victoria, a Stamina GT5 grower says, “If you are after grazing tolerance, Stamina GT5 is the way to go. I am in my fourth year of grazing and it keeps persisting regardless of how hard we graze it. Choosing a grazing tolerant lucerne is a decision that should not be made lightly, and is something you really want to investigate yourself as opposed to just following what that glossy advertising suggests. For my operation, lucerne is a 7 to 10 year investment and Stamina GT5 was definitely the right investment.”

David Ferguson from New South Wales discusses Stamina GT6 “We are particularly happy with how GT6 established in very tough conditions, the strike was terrific. Persistence under heavy grazing is great, that’s why Stamina GT6 is our preferred variety when looking for a long term lucerne stand.”

Ultimately, the Stamina range of true grazing tolerant lucernes offer premium quality hay, water use efficiency, grazing for several plus years, persistence under multiple grazings and more. Remember that there is lucerne that tolerates grazing and there is grazing tolerant lucerne. For TRUE grazing tolerance ensure you choose cultivars that are evaluated here in Australia under the Internationally recognised Standard Test Protocol by Smith & Bouton in 1998.

Article written by Wrightons Seeds for the Autumn 2021 edition of Seasons Magazine. 

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