Bred by the National Oat Breeding Program, formerly led by the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the research arm of the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, with support from AgriFutures Export Fodder Program and Australian Exporters Company (AEXCO) these new oaten hay varieties are being commercialised by InterGrain.
According to InterGrain’s Oat Breeder, Dr Allan Rattey, Wallaby and Kultarr are complementary varieties providing oaten hay growers alternative options to existing varieties Mulgara, Brusher and Wintaroo. Both marsupials have been made available in limited quantities to growers this season.
“Mid-maturing Wallaby was bred targeting exceptional oaten hay quality, with very high digestibility and WSC, whilst delivering high yields and an effective disease resistance profile,” Allan said.
“Kultarr is a mid-quick variety well suited to medium to low rainfall environments, it offers high hay yields and is a tall variety, an advantage in tougher seasons.