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Barrier Perennial Forage Grass

THE MORE INSECT TOLERANT PERENNIAL PASTURE.

Barrier is a specialist insect tolerant permanent pasture variety for use where insect pests are a serious threat to the productivity and persistence of your pastures. Barrier is a perennial festulolium grass variety (ie an inter-species cross) of roughly 50% meadow fescue and 50% perennial ryegrass parentage.

Containing the GrubOUT® U2 endophyte, Barrier has high endophyte infection levels, and strong insect pest tolerance of a wide range of insect pests including grass grub larvae, black beetle adults and larvae, porina caterpillar, black field crickets, Argentine stem weevil etc. It has been proven to be lethal to porina caterpillar.

Description

THE MORE INSECT TOLERANT PERENNIAL PASTURE.

Barrier is a specialist insect tolerant permanent pasture variety for use where insect pests are a serious threat to the productivity and persistence of your pastures. Barrier is a perennial festulolium grass variety (ie an inter-species cross) of roughly 50% meadow fescue and 50% perennial ryegrass parentage.

Containing the GrubOUT® U2 endophyte, Barrier has high endophyte infection levels, and strong insect pest tolerance of a wide range of insect pests including grass grub larvae, black beetle adults and larvae, porina caterpillar, black field crickets, Argentine stem weevil etc. It has been proven to be lethal to porina caterpillar.

  • Tolerance of a wider range of pasture insect pests including grass grub larvae, black beetle adults and larvae, porina caterpillar, black field cricket, Argentine stem weevil and more
  • Improved pasture persistence
  • No known ill-effects to sheep, cattle or deer
  • Palatable, with high voluntary intake
  • High livestock performance potential

NOW STRONGER THAN EVER

Barrier is now even more effective against insect pests. Barrier has improved endophyte infection levels, and higher loline levels, enabling even higher tolerance of insect pests.

SAFER FOR LIVESTOCK

Barrier is highly palatable to livestock, with high livestock performance potential and won’t cause grass staggers or heat stress, so it can be used safely with sheep, cattle, deer and goats.

GrubOUT U2 ENDOPHYTE

Find out more about the GrubOUT U2 Endophyte with our comprehensive overview here

SOWING & MANAGEMENT

  • A sowing rate of 25-30kgs is recommended, along with clovers and herbs.
  • Sowing it shallow, into a fine, firm, moist and well compacted seed bed, when soil temperatures are 12° C or more will aid establishment.
  • Full cultivation is recommended over direct drilling or broadcasting to get best results.
  • Sowing Barrier with other grasses isn’t recommended, as doing so could give insects a feed source.
  • Where high insect pest populations exist (eg grass grub, porina, black beetle) get them under control first through cultivation and/or the application of a suitable insecticide. And always use treated seed in such situations.
  • Rotational grazing is recommended to prevent over-grazing.

 

A farm visit with Dave Barry, Labertouche

August 22 2016

With our calving pattern we have a big requirement for late summer and autumn feed, so Chico delivers a large amount of quality feed when we need it most. Chico give us the extra feed in autumn and assists us to create our own autumn break.
We began growing Chico fourteen years ago with the aim to get the most out of the 22ML of water available on our farm at Labertouche. We were originally irrigating summer pastures, however the results were only average with the pasture suffering from rust and plant pulling.

Each year I plant 10ha of Chico in late September, with grazing a reliable 9 weeks later. In last season, the driest October on record, we grazed Chico still in late November.

Dave Barry Farm Talk 02In the best seasons we have growth rates of 100kg/ha in the peak autumn period, and summer & early autumn yields of 14DM/ha eaten. This is outstanding given we plant in late September and back to pasture in May.

Chicory holds onto it quality extremely well compared to tropical grasses such as Millet & Sorghum, giving us the flexibility to delay grazings when we need the quality feed most.

Along with the extra feed, Chico is an excellent source of energy and protein.

Chico also allows us to protect the new and established pastures at a time in the year when it is critical to build up pasture cover. I need quality and persistent perennial pastures, and Matrix has proven to be a very persistent variety with good yields.

3Dave Barry Farm Talk 01On March 25th I planted perennial pasture again with Barrier, a new variety which provides above and below ground protection against insect pests. Barrier has done well this season, coming up to its 5th grazing.

I will be planting 10ha of Chico again this season, and I will be wrapped if I get the same results as we have in seasons gone by.