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Bealey is a very late flowering tetraploid perennial ryegrass that boosts animal performance by combining the key elements of excellent feed quality, high yields and more even seasonal growth. Bealey performs well in temperate regions throughout Australia.
Late Flowering - Bealey is late flowering, giving high feed quality feed into late spring and summer. This makes pasture management easier and improves animal performance.
High palatability – Bealey is a tetraploid perennial ryegrass with high palatability and feed quality which can increase animal intake and add to overall animal performance.
Persistence - It offers good persistence and contains an advanced endophyte that maintains good insect resistance and doesn’t contribute to animal health problems. Bealey also benefits from good tiller density.
Season growth - It has an excellent seasonal growth curve, giving extra production in winter and summer.
Variety / Agronomy Management
Sowing time - It's recommended that perennial ryegrasses are sown as early as possible as they are generally less vigorous than annuals. They will also and benefit from the warmer soil conditions in February and March that help get the plant established before winter sets in.Earlier sowing will also set up more potential for winter feed, help consolidate the ground and reduce potential for future pugging in wetter sites.
Suggested locations - Late heading varieties such as Bealey should be produced on heavier soil types and areas where the season finishes later.
Grazing management - Due to its high palatability, to get the best from Bealey avoid continual hard grazing and/or prolonged set stocking through dry periods. In wet winter conditions avoid treading or pugging damage by cattle.