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Lavish Forage Oats in paddock

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Lavish Forage Oats (Avena sativa)

Lavish forage oats is the latest release from UMS originating from an Australian research and development program. Lavish has been extensively evaluated in Australian field trials for a period of four years and has demonstrated outstanding performance when compared to current market-leading varieties.

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Key Features

  • Semi-erect growth habit
  • Prolific tillering – a high proportion of thinner tillers allows rapid recovery after cutting or grazing
  • Strong initial growth and establishment reduces the time to first grazing
  • Outstanding total season dry matter (DM) yield
  • Highly resistant to crown (leaf) rust


  • Lavish is a late maturing oat.

Sowing Rate

  • Irrigated or high rainfall areas: 80-120 kg/ha
  • Marginal or lower rainfall areas: 30-60 kg/ha

Where can I grow it?

  • Produces excellent results in all oat-growing regions of Australia under both dryland and irrigation situations
  • Tolerates most soil types
Lavish Forage Oats grass pulled from soil looking healthy and green

Lavish’s fine tillers (top) allows superior recovery after cutting or grazing when compared to many varieties currently in the market. Shown is Lavish sown on 2 April 2018 at Leyburn QLD at a rate of 75kg/ha compared to Auswest’s Austin (bottom).

Frequently Asked Questions

During 4 years of testing Lavish has demonstrated outstanding dry matter (DM) yield in both the initial growth stage (to first grazing) and then the regrowth stage following cutting or grazing. During trials, Lavish has often shown superior total DM yield when compared to varieties such as Comet, Wizard, Taipan and Drover.

An important trait of any good forage oat variety is its ability to germinate and establish when sown early into warm soil. International laboratory testing and Australian field tests conducted to assess warm soil emergence have shown Lavish germinates and establishes very well under these conditions.

Lavish has shown strong resistance to crown (leaf) rust in all the field trials and in multi-race glasshouse inoculation testing conducted by an independent institution in 2014, 2016, and 2017.

Lavish Forage Oats in paddock with two happy farmers

Lavish shown here under pivot irrigation at Leyburn, QLD, grazed 8 weeks after sowing on 2 April 2018.

Replicated Dry Matter Trial Chart