Gala grazing brome is the equivalent of perennial ryegrass in the brome family. Gala is a versatile species for use on free-draining soils, in areas with summer-dry conditions. Compared with prairie grass, the dense, fine-tillered growth ensures persistence under harsher climatic and grazing conditions. Farms in the dry eastern regions benefit from the rapid autumn recovery, good winter and early-spring growth, and persistence under close grazing.
For optimum establishment, Gala grazing brome should be sown at no less than 25 kg/ha, at a depth of 5-15mm, into free draining soils above 10oC. Where possible, cross-drilling and rolling will promote greater ground cover. It is ideally mixed with other dryland species, particularly sub clover.
Gala grazing brome is tolerant of moderate grass grub and Argentine stem weevil feeding, but does not perform well in wet, heavy soils.
Gala grazing brome is a short plant, and production potential is maximised when the pasture is regularly grazed, as when left it rarely grows above 15cm. The endophyte free status ensures safe summer and early-autumn grazing. Gala grazing brome should not be taken for supplementary feed.
Valuable Production after Summer Dry. Seasonal Production of Dryland Brome Cultivars (kg DM/ha) (mean of 3 years), NFVT Canterbury, Sown 1998-2001.
|Gala grazing brome||25-30|
|Nomad white clover||3|
|Goulburn subterranean clover||6|