Matua Prairie Grass is an annual to short-rotation perennial grass. Typically, it yields well over the cooler months of the year (autumn, winter and spring). Matua grows best in free-draining soils with reasonable fertility, preferring a pH of 5.6 or higher. It has relatively high protein content and palatable seed heads, helping to maintain feed quality during the hotter summer months. Providing very early spring growth, Matua has an erect growth form and exceptional drought tolerance. A key attribute is that it is more heat tolerant than ryegrasses and also maintains its palatability through the growing season, even as it becomes reproductive. Compared to other grasses, Matua does not tolerate continuous grazing or grazing when soil conditions are wet.