Blue Buffalo
Cenchrus ciliaris L.
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Image Cultivar Type Production period Morphological description Crop strengths Feeding value Production potential Crop uses Soil requirement Establishment
Gayandah Sub-tropical Grass Perennial, Summer

Tufted tussock-forming and grows up to 0.3 – 1.5 m tall

Stoloniferous, non-rhizomatous

Leaf blade is distinctively light green, linear; 3 – 30 cm x 2 – 13 mm; mostly glabrous

Ovoid shaped seed; 1.4 – 2 mm; 400 000 seeds/kg

Tolerant to drought, disease, heavy grazing and cold

High leaf production, recovers rapidly after defoliation

No danger of bloat, lifespan of 30+ years, ability to re-seed

Crude protein: 6 – 16 %

Digestibility: 50 – 60 %

Dry matter production: 2 - 9 t/ha/annum Permanent pasture, hay and silage

Prefers deep, freely drained, sandy loam, loam and clay loam soils

pH range of 7 – 8

Plant during September – February

Seeding rate of 5 – 7 kg/ha


Molopo Sub-tropical Grass Perennial, Summer

Tufted tussock-forming, grows up to 0.5 – 1.6 m tall

Stoloniferous, rhizomatous

Leaf blade is distinctively grey, linear; 3 – 30 cm x 2 – 13 mm; mostly glabrous

Ovoid shaped seed; 1.4 – 2 mm; 400 000 seeds/kg

Tolerant to drought, disease, and heavy grazing

Palatable with high nutritive value

High leaf production, recovers rapidly after defoliation

Crude protein: 6 – 16 %

Digestibility: 50 – 60 %

Dry matter production: 2 - 9 t/ha/annum Permanent pasture & hay and silage

Prefers deep, freely drained, sandy loam, loam and clay loam soils

pH range of 7 – 8

Plant during September – February

Seeding rate of 5 – 7 kg/ha