Animal Feeding / Australia / Livestock

Aussies researching super-grass pastures

Australian researchers plan to launch a genetically-engineered “super-grass” by 2013, claiming that cows grazing on it will produce up to 20 per cent more milk.

The GE ryegrass – being developed in Australia for New Zealand seed company PGG Wrightson – has potential to make a huge difference to agriculture, according to the chief executive of the Australia’s Molecular Plant Breeding Cooperative Research Centre (MPBCRC), Glenn Tong.

Existing dairy farming pasture-grasses are mainly perennial ryegrass and tall fescue but the perennial ryegrass grows best in temperate areas that are becoming warmer with climate change.

Read more (The Sunday Morning Herald)

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