Late-flowering Laser produces valuable high quality feed from winter through early summer, for improved animal production and finishing. It is soft seeded, very fast establishing, and moderately tolerant of water logging.
Laser has a different growth curve to Vista and Zulu II, flowering 30 days later.
On dairy farms, add Laser to short-term pastures to improve feed quality and extend DM and animal production from early spring to early summer. For sheep and beef, it is an excellent option to increase feed quality for higher liveweight gains. Laser also suits hay/silage making.
Laser can be grazed down to residuals of 2-3 cm during winter. In spring, rotationally graze to residuals of 4-5 cm to maximise animal performance, and pasture regrowth. Avoid over grazing, which will remove developing stems.
Laser can tolerate mild salinity, cold temperatures and partially waterlogged soils. It is susceptible to slugs and springtails during establishment. Use treated seed, slug bait if needed, and include an insecticide at spray out. Laser is resistant to clover scorch.