Maverick GII 

short rotation ryegrass

  • High annual yield
  • Excellent summer quality (low aftermath heading)
  • Robust, dense sward with exceptional cool season growth
  • Very good disease resistance and persistence
  • Suitable for high quality silage
  • Ideal cultivar for undersowing
Farm Type
  • Sowing Rate 25 kg/ha
  • Heading Date Late - 17 days later than Nui
  • Tetraploid/Diploid Diploid

Maverick GII is a diploid short rotation ryegrass providing excellent cool season growth. Maverick GII is the perfect grass for high performance stock or for silage cropping.


Trial Results: Dry Matter Production

Dry matter production comparison of Maverick GII, Maverick Gold and Tabu (expressed as a percentage of Tabu)

The following dry matter data compares Maverick GII, Maverick Gold and Tabu (expressed as a percentage of Tabu). Maverick GII, as seen below, establishes well and has excellent spring and summer dry matter production for a short rotation ryegrass.

  Establishment Winter Spring Summer Autumn Total
Maverick GII 101 97 108 106 102 104
Maverick Gold 98 95 103 102 91 99
Tabu 100 100 100 100 100 100

Dry matter production data is an average of five 15 month trials (three from Kimihia Research Centre, Canterbury and two from Gordonton Research Centre, Waikato). The trials were established in autumn 2003, autumn 2004 and autumn 2005 (Kimihia only) and concluded in autumn 2004, autumn 2005 and autumn 2006 respectively.


Heading date

Early Mid-Season Late Very Late
    Maverick GII: 17 days later than Nui  


Grazing Management

Maverick GII short rotation ryegrass is best suited to rotational grazing. For best persistence, avoid hard grazing over summer.

  • Grazing Method Rotational Grazed – Medium Term

Sowing and Establishment

Maverick GII short rotation ryegrass can be sown at 15-25 kg/ha as a pure sward with Superstrike® treated clover, or added to a perennial pasture mix at 4-7 kg/ha. In an undersowing situation, sow Superstrike treated seed at 10-15 kg/ha.

Sowing Rate
Pure sward 15-25 kg/ha
Pasture mix 4-7 kg/ha

  • Pasture Life 2 - 5 years