Tetraploid hybrid ryegrass

  • New Zealand’s top selling hybrid ryegrass
  • Redefines hybrid ryegrass setting a new standard of performance
  • Fast establishment and exceptional DM yields
  • Very palatable with very late heading date (+13 days)
  • Black beetle control with Shogun NEA endophyte

    Shogun has created a new position in the market, taking hybrid ryegrass to a new level. Winter growth is equal to many Italian ryegrasses, and Shogun outyields many perennials during summer and autumn. Persistence is excellent for a hybrid, and it has its own endophyte for insect protection.


    Shogun redefines ryegrass categories


    High yield

    In trials Shogun has significantly out-yielded other hybrid cultivars. As well as excellent cool season growth, it has exceptional summer and autumn yield.



    Fast establishment

    Shogun’s fast establishment is comparable to that of an Italian ryegrass. This allows paddocks resown with Shogun to be brought back into the grazing rotation more quickly than those renewed with perennial or other hybrid ryegrasses.


    Black beetle control 

    Shogun with NEA endophyte has good control of black beetle, equal to Viscount NEA4.


    2-5 year option

    Under good grazing management Shogun is a 2-3 year option in summer dry areas, 3-5 years in summer moist. Persistence is aided by its NEA endophyte.

    NEA endophyte is one of the most animal safe endophytes available. However, there is a low risk of NEA endophyte causing a low level of ryegrass staggers in sheep or deer in extreme situations (where animals are forced to graze right into the base of a pasture in very summer dry conditions).


    Feed quality

    Shogun has excellent summer quality, with a very late heading date (+13 days) and little aftermath heading or seeding through the summer.



    When cattle like a pasture, they eat more of it, and liveweight gains (LWG) increase. Shogun delivers high animal intakes and growth rates.


    Sowing Shogun