- Outstanding performance new generation pod and leaf holding (ph) barrel medic, developed by Pristine’s internationally renowned annual pasture and forage legume breeders.
- Drought tolerant, big seeded, highly vigorous and competitive, high yielding medic for low to medium rainfall, neutral to alkaline loams and clays.
- Mature pod held on plant; can be readily harvested with an ordinary header for cheap, high quality seed and used on-farm to generate high yield, high quality pasture whenever needed.
- Out of season pasture quantity, quality and availability maintained, giving unparalleled year round stock production and finishing capacity for an annual.
- Excellent nitrogen fixation provides free, high quality biological N into rotation systems for big increases in crop yields and profits.
- Resistant to major aphid pests (spotted alfalfa and blue-green aphids).
- Improved seedling tolerance to red legged earthmite and lucerne flea.
- Commercially available in 2009-10.
Cheetah forage bulk. Seedling stand growth rates of > 50kg/ha/day have been recorded.
Cheetah seed crop. Seed yields of 800 kg/ha or more can be achieved in good crops.
Cheetah is a remarkably vigorous and fast growing, highly drought tolerant, pod holding barrel medic. It has all the good features of the old barrel medic Caliph, to which is added the massive bonus of ph technology to supercharge its field performance. Using this, Pristine licensed farmers will be able to harvest their own seed and create high quality, high yield pastures at minimal cost and virtually at will. Further, because it has over summer feed quality and availability that is far superior to any conventional medic, it provides profitable feed options through virtually 12 months of the year. That can nearly double production compared to conventional medics, as well as open up new opportunities for high value meat and breeding stock production in the wheat-sheep zone. As a variety, it is early flowering and the outstanding pasture and forage legume on neutral and alkaline loams and clays with as little as 200mm and up to 400 mm of average annual rainfall. It has very good pest resistance and tolerance, being very resistant and resistant to spotted alfalfa aphid (SAA) and to blue green aphid (BGA) respectively. Because of its outstanding seedling vigour, it is also more tolerant to red-legged earthmite and lucerne flea than other barrel medics, but where these pests are a problem, additional protection will ensure that Cheetah’s outstanding growth rates can be fully expressed.
During most of the growing season, Cheetah is similar in general appearance to Caliph. However, the degree to which pod and leaf are shed and lost from normal medics like Caliph is never truly apparent until you have seen Cheetah or other ph medics; the superior pod and leaf holding provide a dramatic difference as the plants approach maturity. While ordinary non-ph medics disintegrate to bare sticks, Cheetah matures to a rich russet brown to almost golden coloured, high quality, standing forage crop, liberally sprinkled with dark brown to almost black pods. This mature stand can be harvested for seed or grazed as a high quality standing forage; making a ph medic stand useful long after traditional legumes have gone.
A seed stand of Cheetah (left) and a close up showing the pod still attached to the mature vine (right).
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