• High yielding
  • Good resistance to rust
  • Increased leafiness during reproductive periods
  • Densely tillered for tolerance and rapid recovery from close grazing

CRUSADER’s rapid establishment and vigorous early growth is invaluable for providing early grazing opportunities, and achieving maximum yield potential for winter feeding, especially in regions where unfavourable autumns often limit pasture establishment.

CRUSADER has a late heading date, approximately 13 days later than Tetila. This provides for more leafy growth of quality feed through until the onset of summer's hot and dry weather.

Winter feed, whatever the farming system, is the most valuable feed, especially when it is home-grown. CRUSADER's increased early growth provides for more winter grazings making for a better start to spring.

CRUSADER produces more dry matter than most other short-rotation ryegrasses. Persistence, into and through a second year, can occur in cool climates, and is recognised by farmers as a key point for choosing to use CRUSADER Italian ryegrass in their pasture programmes.

CRUSADER provides a bulk of quality feed at a price which is competitive when compared to other winter grazing options, such as cereals. Strong winter growth rates are also valuable in meeting the demands of autumn calving systems, or achieving target pasture cover to support early spring milk production.

Product Specifications

Ploidy: Diploid
Heading Date: Late
Endophyte options: Nill
Sowing rate: 25-30 kg/ha with clovers and herbs
When to sow: Autumn, spring
Prime growing times: Autumn, winter, spring
Best grazing practice: Rotational grazing for maximum yields
Sow with: Tribute white clover
Prestige white clover
Tonic plantain
Choice chicory
Colenso red clover