SF Acacia Plateau

SF Acacia is a fast-establishing forage kikuyu with improved cold tolerance and rapid lateral spreading ability. It was selected from plants growing at Acacia Plateau at the top of the Clarence River catchment close to the NSW/QLD border some 1000m above sea level.

This has led to a new variety with an ability to establish and grow under cooler temperatures, yet cover over rapidly. As an excellent seeder it can produce lower cost seed enabling growers to sow kikuyu at more successful higher sowing rates at a similar cost per ha. Trials have shown it to establish faster and produce more feed than Whittet, especially in the cool season. It also has higher quality when grazed on a tight rotation length (see table below)

Agronomic features:
  • Rapid lateral spread

    Can achieve pasture coverage faster. Enables lower cost seeding of kikuyu.

  • Greater cold tolerance

    Can establish under cooler temperatures.
    Can establish in autumn with temperate grasses.
    Will produce greater winter feed yields.

  • Broad seed germination period

    Can handle staggered moisture profile.

  • Improved feed quality over Whittet
    Can deliver higher meat and milk returns from a similar cost.

Forage EBV’s – forage yield & quality 

Warm season Cool season Quality by rotation length (days)
Yield kg DM/ha ME MJ/kg DM
SF Acacia Plateau 14,816 7,089 12.1 11.3 10.9
Whittet 13,004 6,008 11.3 10.9 10.8
days 242 103 15 19 22
rainfall 1,038 755