Optima is derived from Canasta perennial ryegrass and, due to its tetraploid nature, has high feed value.
Optima has a high sugar content that is easily digestible, allowing animals to gain a high-energy ration for milk/meat conversion. The benefits of Optima are an increase in dry matter yield, palatability during the winter months and an increase in moisture content as starch or sugar levels. As such, Optima has a higher level of stock acceptability.
Unlike other commercial perennial tetraploids, Optima sets new benchmarks for long-term persistence and livestock performance.
|HEADING DATE||+26 DAYS|
|LIFE SPAN||5-7 YRS|
|MIN RAINFALL (mm)||700|
|DRYLAND||10 - 15|
|HIGH RAINFALL / IRRIGATION||20 - 25|
Heading date:- 0 days = Nui perennial ryegrass