Bareno provides a palatable, persistent pasture for dryland farming that can tolerate both rotational grazing and set stocking. Bareno's persistence may decline in coastal areas north of Taupo, so it is not suited to these regions.
A strong feature of Bareno is its palatability through all seasons:
It remains palatable, even when seed heads are present, and stays greener and leafier than ryegrass in summer.
- Bareno can support a high legume content (40% sub and white clover has been measured in spring).
On Lincoln University’s Silverwood Farm, a dryland breeding property in inland Canterbury, Bareno produced 12.5 t DM/ha/year, 9% more than new sowings of perennial ryegrass (11.5 t DM/ha), with excellent spring, summer and autumn growth.
Brome grasses are slower to establish than ryegrass, so make sure to:
- Sow when warm - soil temperature 12°C+ in late summer or early autumn.
- In dry areas a summer fallow prior to sowing is best practice.
- Direct drilling has proven very successful.