With previous Italian ryegrasses failing to meet John’s production expectations, it was decided to trial Thumpa. “It was recommended due to its rapid establishment and late maturity, and that’s been a key consideration for its use.”
“We sowed it by direct drilling in late May, as part of a mix of varieties like brassica and clover, which will persist over the summer season and provide some additional feed,” he says.
“The growth from Thumpa has been phenomenal,” says John. “It had still not gone to head by mid-November, and the cattle clearly found it highly palatable.”
While Thumpa was initially sown for grazing, John also decided to see how it performed in silage production. “The first cut we baled resulted in an average of 5.77 tonnes dry matter per hectare,” he reports.
In addition, John describes how the regrowth after cutting has been tremendous. “After cutting, there was a very useful fall of 40.5 mm of rain which assisted significantly in the regrowth.”
“Thumpa has one of the best germination rates I’ve seen, and that, along with its growth rate, palatability for stock, and yield for both grazing and silage makes it pretty impressive.”