Persists in dryer conditions
Camel perennial ryegrass was developed to replace Victorian perennial ryegrass. With excellent winter production and improved forage quality, Camel does not cause ryegrass staggers.
Camel was bred from plants collected at St Arnaud, Victoria, where average rainfall is about 450mm (18”). While this is lower than the recommended rainfall of 600mm (24”) rainfall for Camel, this background breeding gives Camel the ability to persist where most ryegresses fail. Camel is also suited to aerial seeding.
1998 sown perennial ryegrass experiment at Rutherglen – Victoria
The trial tech sheet is also available as a download
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Trial conducted by: A. Avery, AV – Department of Agriculture Victoria
Total annual rainfall in the year of establishment (1998) 510.4mm.
Long term average rainfall 597.8mm per annum.
In Victoria Camel Perennial Ryegrass has demonstrated its ability to persist over three years in a trial at Rutherglen. In this trial it also produced more herbage than Victorian perennial ryegrass. Camel Ryegrass seed used for this trial was three years old with no endophyte.
- Herbage production of Camel was over 14% greater than Victorian over the three years of the trial.
- In the third year Camel produced over 40% more herbage in late winter than Victorian. (1st August to 20th September)
- Rust resistance was significantly better than Victorian Perennial Ryegrass.
Table 1. Rust ratings on perennial ryegrass at Rutherglen in 2000.
Rust rating 1=low – 9=high
Table 2. Seasonal and total dry matter production of perennial ryegrass at Rutherglen in 2000.