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Sowing Rate

5-10 kg/ha

Cheetah is an early-mid maturing hard seeded barrel medic that is highly vigorous and also drought tolerant. Fast growing with multiple aphid resistances, Cheetah provides a high yield in low to medium rainfall areas, making it perfect for summer feed.

One of the main advantages in using Cheetah is it exhibits the pod holding (ph) trait, which stops the maturing pod and leaves from dropping off the plant. This means that seeds are larger and more fully formed, the plants more productive and vigorous, and out-of-season pasture quantity, quality and availability is maintained for year-round stock production.

Sowing rate:
5-10 kg/ha alone


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Sowing seed too deep will result in poor germination


Optimally sown in autumn. Direct-drill or sow into cultivated seedbeds at 20-25kg/ha. Sow early for greater contribution during the autumn establishment period.

Seed Treatment

Knight is recommended to be Kickstart® treated. Kickstart® seed treatment protects new pasture sowings from pasture pests and diseases to help you reduce the risk of pasture losses during establishment. Kickstart® includes insecticide which helps protect emerging seedlings and your pasture investment.

Grazing Management

Recommended for rotational grazing. Graze when root system is sufficiently developed to minimise pulling by stock. Aim to regraze when ryegrass is at the 2 ½ to 3 leaf stage. Do not graze new regrowth (i.e. a maximum of 3 days on one area) as this will reduce regrowth rates.


Knight provides many options for it to be used including:

  • Quick winter feed-Hay/Silage option
  • Over sowing into thinned out pastures
  • As an one year grass extending the growing season
  • Used in a range or mixes including clovers and herbs
  • Two year productive grass in the right environment.

Second year Italian ryegrass

Knight was not only bred for winter growth and seasonal production, it was also bred for second year persistence. In regions where Italian ryegrasses can survive into the second year, Knight is a great choice for a two year Italian ryegrass stand.

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