Javelin lucerne


Javelin is a versatile, highly winter active lucerne broadly adapted to multi-purpose mixed farming systems in non-dormant regions. Javelin offers exceptional forage yield and quality potential, quick regrowth from cutting/grazing and excellent stand persistence. Suited to cropping rotations, grazing, pasture mixes and year-round hay production systems.

Key features

  • Highly winter active – dormancy 8
  • Well suited to mixed farming operations
  • High yielding/multi purpose variety
  • Strong leaf hold
  • Strong pest and disease resistance


  • Lower crown for persistence
  • Versatile/broadly adaptive
  • Excellent seeding vigour for strong stand establishment

Agronomic characteristics

Javelin has been selected from elite USA breeding populations for persistence, vigour and freedom from leaf disease.

Winter dormancy 8.0
Stand persistence Excellent
Early seedling vigour Excellent
Growth habit Lower from the crown
Recovery after cutting Fast
Fineness of stem (Spring) Moderately fine
Fineness of stem (Late summer) Fine
Leaf retention  Excellent
Cutting window 25 – 28 days


Disease and pest resistance

Spotted Alfalfa Aphid (SAA) HR
Blue Green Aphid (BGA) HR
Pea Aphid HR
Phytophthora Root Rot (PRR) HR
Anthracnose (Anth) HR
Bacterial Wilt HR
Fusarium Wilt HR
Stem Nematode R
Root Knot Nematode R
Susceptible (S); Moderately Susceptible (MS); Moderately Resistant (MR); Resistant (R); Highly Resistant (HR)

Lucerne agronomic information

Pasture type and use

Javelin is a medium term lucerne (3 – 5 years) offering year-round production, predominantly in spring/summer, with varying levels of winter production. In many cases good grazing/hay cutting management will lead to longer stand life 6+ years.

Soil types

Deep, well-drained soils (sands to moderately heavy clays) are required with a slightly acid to alkaline pH (CaCl2) 5.0-7.5. Lucerne is intolerant of high levels of exchangeable aluminium and even short periods of waterlogging.

Suggested sowing rates

Dryland hay or grazing: 4 – 8kg/ha
High rainfall/irrigation: 9 – 20 kg/ha
Irrigated hay production: 25 – 35kg/ha


Rain grown stands: (southern & WA):  250 – 800 mm/annual

Sub-tropics: 500 – 1200 mm/annual



Javelin is inoculated with Group AL rhizobia with Apron XL fungicide applied for Damping off diseases and Poncho for insect pest control to allow successful establishment.

Seed availability

Javelin lucerne is available through all national rural resellers.

See our find a stockist page and use the interactive map to find your local outlet.


This information sheet should not be used as a replacement for expert advice or judgement. Conditions for Sale and Restrictions on Use are listed on the bag and should be referred to. All liability is excluded to the full extent permitted by law. Information source: Pastures Australia