Albion Perennial Ryegrass

Albion tetraploid perennial ryegrass was developed in France and offers excellent performance in areas that are capable of experiencing long periods of drought. Ryegrasses are not typically known for handling drought periods. However, Albion has shown excellent performance throughout the United States, especially under hot-humid and hot-dry conditions. It produces plentiful, high quality forage long after other grass have wilted and gone dormant.

The main difference between tetraploid ryegrasses and diploid ryegrasses is the number of chromosomes per cell. Tetraploids have four sets of chromosomes per cell while diploids have two.  Due to an increased amount of cell contents, tetraploids have a higher water content per cell, thus giving tetraploids increased palatability meaning higher weight gains for your livestock.

Albion is highly productive and forms a dense pasture. Plant 25 to 35 pounds per acre February through April or September through October.

The photos below were taken in Southwest Missouri by Gary Nolan. Gary and his business partner, Niall Murphy, farm 880 acres and raise close to 1100 dairy cattle and have said the following about Albion, “We first planted Albion in fall 2009. Since then we have measured its performance and increased our plantings so that 35% of our ground to Albion and we see this will increase in the future. Albion is an early tet PRG that is really suiting our system. The combination of high quality forage in Early Spring and Summer drives our early lactation yields in our Spring calving herds. Its extremely summer hardy which suits Missouri and summer hardiness is certainly linked to its winter survivability. In comparison to other varieties and forages grown on farm Albion has outyielded other permanent grasses by 22% in 2011 and 16% in 2012. The cows love it and we see no refusal of this forage even at high pre grazing yields with some seed head forming. We had not had a test below 25% protein to date and recovery of the swards even after the 2012 drought has been surprisingly good.” 

Note: Protein quality was tested for grazing situation.

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