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Safeguard Annual Ryegrass

Ideal for pasture rotation in cropping regions

The key features of Safeguard annual ryegrass are:

  • Productive winter feed and early heading for short growing seasons
  • Ideal for the pasture rotation in cropping regions
  • Annual Ryegrass Grass Toxicity (nematode) resistant
  • Crop disease break for ‘Take-all’ or ‘CCN’
  • Reduce or eliminate export hay rejections due to ARGT
  • Certified seed of Safeguard is susceptible to non-selective herbicides
  • Greater winter production than legumes for finishing sheep/beef

World First Australian Breeding

Safeguard is the only winter grazing grass that can be safely used in cropping rotations. Bred in Australia by the South Australian Department of Agriculture (SARDI) Safeguard is a long term solution to Annual Ryegrass Toxicity (ARGT).

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Safeguard has the capacity to regenerate from seed in cropping regions and at the same time reduce the threat of ARGT from Wimmera ryegrass. Safeguard has been developed for livestock producers in districts with short growing seasons and can significantly increase livestock carrying capacity during the pasture rotation.

Safeguard is resistant to cereal cyst nematode and is as resistant as standard annual ryegrass to the wheat and oat attacking strains of Take-all. Safeguard is an early heading variation of the original variety Guard bred in Australia by SARDI. It has excellent seed yield and vigorous, leafy growth characteristics. It is also suitable to areas with an early finish to the season as it is able to re-seed due to its early heading.

Ryegrass produces 60% of its annual dry matter (DM) yield at heading. Sowing late heading annual ryegrass in short growing season areas you are likely to miss out on the bulk of herbage prior to heading as the season finishes before heading occurs. This is not the case for safeguard achieving heading and high DM yields before the season finishes. The forage quality of Safeguard annual ryegrass is also greater than cereals made into hay. Therefore it is good insurance to have a paddock of safeguard that can be cut for hay and sold for a higher price than cereal hay if the season finishes early and less grain is harvested.

In rocky areas where cropping is not possible safeguard is ideal as a self re-seeding species due to its early heading date. By using Safeguard’s self seeding ability it makes a productive alternative to other perennial grasses that will not survive dry summers or in low rainfall regions. The availability of winter feed can be the greatest limiting factor to stocking rates on farms. Lucerne stands have low winter DM yields. The high winter DM yields of Safeguard annual ryegrass can be used to fill the gap for finishing sheep and beef for the early markets.