During the summer of 2013-14 the Agricom research and development team conducted an extensive grazing trial near Ballarat comparing the utilisation of Hummer MaxP® tall fescue to Demeter. The objective of the trial was to demonstrate that unlike Demeter tall fescue the utilisation and palatability of Hummer MaxP® does not decline as quickly as Demeter, making grazing management easier.
Results of the trial are presented in Chart 1 which displays the percentage of pasture being utilised by stock from week 1 to week 5. The longer the fescue is left ungrazed, palatability declines and animal intake decreases. Chart 1 findings include:
From the animal system study, Hummer MaxP® has a number of other advantages:
It is important to remember that like all continental tall fescues there is a large flush of growth associated with reproductive growth in early spring and this needs to be managed with heavy stocking rates or mechanically removed and utilised as silage or hay.
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