Perennial Ryegrass is the most popular choice in New Zealand for permanent pastures. It's quick establishing, yields well, has a high nutritive value and can tolerate various management practices. Combine a perennial ryegrass with white clover for a superb all-round pasture.
Ryegrass is a diploid plant naturally, having two sets of chromosomes. A number of tetraploid cultivars have now been developed and have four sets of chromosomes. Tetraploids generally have larger tillers, but fewer of them and are more palatable, but less robust. Tetraploid seeds are larger than seeds of a diploid, so therefore require a higher sowing rate.
AberGain AR1 - Tetraploid
Abergreen LE - Diploid with fine-leaved/dense tillers. Late heading; + 17 days
Abermagic AR1 - UK diploid, dense tillers. Late heading; + 19 days.
Ansa Happe - Diploid, late heading;+ 14 days.
Avatar NEA - Tetraploid. Late heading; +22 days. Available from spring 2019.
Barrier U2 - Festulolium. Late heading; +16 days.
Base AR1/AR37 - Tetraploid. Fine-leaved, high yielding and low aftermath heading. Late heading; + 22 days.
Ceres ONE50 AR1/AR37 - Diploid. Medium leaf and tiller size. Late heading; + 20 days.
Digby - Tetraploid
Excess AR1/AR37 - Diploid suited to dairy, beef & sheep systems. Mid heading; + 7 days.
Expo AR1/AR37 - Diploid. Very high tiller density and low aftermath heading. Late heading; + 21 days
Halo AR1/AR37 - Tetraploid with good tiller density. Very late heading; + 25 days.
Hustle AR1 - Diploid, +8 days
Kai - Tetraploid, late heading, +20 days
Matrix SE/LE - Diploid, fine-leaved, dense tillers, late flowering; + 23 days
Maximus SE - Mid flowering + 2 days, diploid
Moxie AR1 - Diploid, +0 days
Nui (Certified or uncertified) - 0 days
Platform AR37 - Diploid with a medium leaf and high tiller density. Late heading; +12 days.
Prospect AR1/AR37 - Diploid. Dense, fine leafed with a late heading date; + 12 days.
Raider NEA2 - Diploid. Late heading; + 18 days.
Rely AR1/AR37 - Diploid with a fine leaf and dense tillers. Mid heading date; + 0 days.
Request AR1/AR37 - Diploid with good spring, autumn and winter production. Mid heading; +0 days.
Rohan NEA2/LE - Diploid, persistent, spreading perennial, + 18 days
Samson AR1/AR37 - Diploid. Medium tillered and fast establishing. Mid heading date; + 3 days.
Stellar AR1 - Diploid, fine leaved, + 8 days
Trojan NEA/LE - Diploid. Late heading; + 16 days
Tyson AR1/LE - Early heading - 7 days.
Ultra AR1/LE - Diploid. Fine leaved. Late heading; + 20 days.
Viscount NEA4/LE - Tetraploid. Upright, good early spring growth. Late heading; + 19 days
Voyager - Tetraploid
24 Seven Edge - Diploid + 24 days
variaties No Longer Available
Alto AR37/LE - Fine, dense tillers, late heading + 14 days
Arrow AR1/LE - Medium-late heading date + 7 days
Bronte Happe - Diploid, +21 days