Fergus Butterick – Ashburton

We undersowed Boxmore under our whole crop silage last September 2002, which was cut at the end of January 2003. Since then we have had 4 top quality grazings off the Boxmore. It is fast growing and very animal friendly, doing vey well on it. I would highly recommend this grass for any pasture situation.

D.A. and P.A. Chapman

We have grown 10 hectares of Boxmore under a spray and direct drilling scheme.In 2003 we drilled 19 hectares of Boxmore along with red and white clovers. It was drilled on October 13 and received 71mm of rain in November. No more rain was recorded until January 19, with no substantial rainfall until the end of January. The crop has retained a very high plant population and appears to have a good resistance to Argantine stem weevil. It has been in the top 10 percent of DM growth over our property of 269 hectares.We have seen very even grazing patterns with all types of stock.We will be drilling at least another 15 hectares in the coming spring.

Owen Adams – Ashburton

On the 27th February 2003 I drilled 3.23 HA of Boxmore Tetraploid Hybrid Ryegrass at 25kgs/ HA with Timothy 1 KG/ HA White Clover in drought conditions with 100 KG /HA Cropmaster 15.
The first rainfall was 27th March 2003. It was then grazed with stud hoggets at the end of May and then in August. It was then closed up for balage.
The paddock produced 101 medium square bales of balage with an average weight if 847.5 KGs per bale a total of 85,597.5 kgs, which is 26500.77 kgs / HA.
The contractor was amazed with the results.
This paddock is still producing strongly which impresses me. I have purchased additional Boxmore Seed.

Andy Copland – Chertsey

This particular paddock has about half in Grazemore tetraploid perennial ryegrass and the other half in Aries perennial ryegrass. I did my own trial to see what my stock preferred and how good they did.
The paddock was drilled in February 1998, the Grazemore is completely out performing the Aries, you can even tell by just looking at it. Its like someone has fenced off the two varieties leaving only the Grazemore to be grazed, because the stock hardly even touch the Aries. You can start the stock off in the Aries and they will have a bit of a pick for a while and then will head into the Grazemore and will stay there.
Other things I have noticed is that stock are doing better, looking better and appeared to be cleaner as well. I have had trouble with grass staggers on my other pastures, but have not had one case of staggers from grazing on Grazemore. There was a definite preference over other grass varieties and was more persistent.
One other important thing was that there were signs of grass grub in both varieties, what amazed me was that the Aries had a yellow appearance whereas the Grazemore still had a nice dark green colour about it, it was almost grass grub tolerant.
I have acquired more Grazemore this season to put in.

* This particular paddock was filmed on Canterbury Television, 12/05/00 and 14/05/00

Brian Cameron – Pendarves

Grazemore tetraploid perennial ryegrass was sown during the Autumn of 1998 with Quartet, as part of a trial.
The trial was set out with the two varieties sown in 30 – 40 metre strips across the paddock
During the next 12 months after sowing stock showed a noticeable preference to Grazemore. Post grazing inspections showed that the stock had grazed the areas of Grazemore a lot harder than the Quartet.
Periodic grazing has seen Grazemore stay in a vegetative stage and not go to seed at all, where as the Nui and Quartet did go to seed. Grazemore provided a longer grazing regime.
Since this trial was sown in 1998, re-fencing has taken place, which has seen some of the Grazemore and Quartet paddock also become part of a Nui paddock.
When stock are put in this paddock they go straight for the Grazemore and show a noticeable preference over Nui and Quartet.
Grazemore has been more palatable than the Quartet and Nui and provided fresh grazing for stock over the summer and has shown quick recovery from grazing all year round.
New Grazemore pasture has been sown on the property already this season.

Greame Redmond – Dromore

Grazemore tetraploid perennial ryegrass has become a very important part of my grazing system.
A 5 hectare paddock on some occasions is used to graze up too 300 head of deer, this is as typical as grazing can get.
Deer are renowned for eating out all of the sweet contents of the pasture, which normally means that the clovers and chicory are eaten before the grass is touched. With Grazemore the pasture has been grazed evenly which is some thing that I have not seen before. The deer eat the pasture to the dirt and Grazemore shows excellent recovery after grazing behind break fencing.
Grazemore has proven to be drought and grass grub resistant and has shown no sign of frost burn off, sown in the Autumn of 1998 has come through 2 droughts and continued to provide a fresh green pasture, while all of my other pastures have totally disappeared and have had to be re-sown.
Grazemore has made management of this intense grazing pattern so much easier and I recommend anyone sowing permanent pasture consider sowing Grazemore as a mix or total pasture.

Ross Orr – Dannevirke

I have been extremely impressed with Grazemore tetraploid perennial ryegrass. I sowed 10 hectares in a mix with Gromore Italian Ryegrass, Redmore red clover and white clover in April 1999.
The area sown is renowned for being dry and baron, due to its stony physical nature.
Since GRAZMORE’S first grazing, I have been able to continuously feed stock on the area, from young lambs through to beef cattle.
During December 99 – January 00, I was amazed to find that even with the threatening drought like conditions I had 6 – 8 inches of fresh growth. Where as the Aries in the neighbouring paddock dried off completely and offered no grazing when I needed it most.
Grazemore hung on extremely well and never looked like struggling through the summer period and remained the most palatable pasture on the property. As the pre-longed summer comes to an end, the recovery looks equally impressive.

Max Duncan – Rakaia

Grazemore was sown during August – September 1998, with Dobson and Verdette as pasture for a dairy conversion on the Gardiners road property.
Greg Clarke, manager has seen a noticeable increase in milk production once the cows have grazed on Grazemore compared with milk production from the alternative varieties.
The cows definitely prefer the Grazemore, they graze the pasture a lot harder, I have no doubts, which is more palatable.
Grazemore also offers an extended grazing season when other grasses are bolting. Grazemore provides up to 42 days further grazing, which is important to my pasture management.
I will be definitely be sowing Grazemore again this season.

Blair Gallagher – Montalto

Grazemore tetraploid perennial ryegrass was sown on my property in the Autumn of 1999.
Grazemore seems to be particularly palatable to stock.
The ewes and lambs stayed particularly clean after being set stocked in the spring, until weaning early January.
The lambs had bloom and visually looked heavier than those in corresponding pasture paddocks.
My oldest paddock is now 7yrs old, on the strength of Grazemore I have sown additional paddocks. I’m very happy as Grazmore is a Nil endophyte Ryegrass.
I recommend Grazemore be considered for permanent pasture.

Warrick Lovett – Ashburton

I have sown Gromore on my property for the last few years, i am very happy with the way Gromore performs on our farm, it produces a lot of bulk and stands very upright, i have trialed other leading varieties against Gromore but they havn’t performed the way Gromore does.
I will be sowing Gromore on my property again this season.