Jackpot is a new diploid Italian ryegrass bred by DLF Seeds in New Zealand. The breeding and testing programme aimed to develop a new fine-leaved cultivar with improved production in all seasons, and the ability to produce for two or more years in favourable climates.
Testing has confirmed that Jackpot is a leading cultivar for production and survival. Farmers in the southern South Island and cooler parts of the North Island can expect 1-3 years of high production. Its late heading date also prolongs feed quality in spring.
Scale 1-9, where 9 = best or most pronounced