Tyson is NZ's earliest heading (-7 days) perennial ryegrass, with tremendous early spring growth and excellent overall yield. This makes it an ideal fit for sheep and beef systems, where additional feed in early spring is critical through lambing and calving.
Tyson has excellent total DM yield, but it’s in early spring that it really shines with 18% more yield than other perennial ryegrasses.
Sheep and beef system fit
Tyson provides exceptional early spring growth, which can be very valuable, not least because it allows more lambs to be finished off mum. This has always been a key goal for sheep and beef farmers as:
- Early lamb drafts usually fetch higher price schedules.
- The weaning check is avoided (and with it up to 2 weeks lost lamb LWG).
- Extra feed is freed up for other stock.
Grow more when you can
Tyson is particularly suited to dryland farm systems that need to maximise animal growth before the possible arrival of summer dry conditions.
Managing Tyson to capture benefit
While Tyson has the genetic potential to grow outstandingly in early spring, the second part to farmers capturing this advantage is the right management. Like any pasture it should be set stocked at a minimum cover of 1500 kg DM/ha (or 4 cm) through lambing. Otherwise it won’t have the leaves to capture enough sunlight to grow to its genetic potential, which is the science behind the saying ‘grass grows grass’.
Suggested seed mix