Knowledge for Development

Fact Sheet: Mulato - An improved forage for the Caribbean


Date: 20/10/2014


Mulato and Mulato II are improved grasses recently introduced into Trinidad and Tobago, and developed by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Columbia.  In 2003, CARDI imported seeds of Mulato and initiated research, in collaboration with Nestlé and the Sugarcane Feeds Centre (SFC), of the Ministry of Food Production, at SFC’s field station to determine its suitability for local livestock production. Mulato and Mulato II are closely related to Tanner grass, the species most commonly used in local pasture systems, but show improvements in terms of dry matter yield, leaf to stem ratio, nutrient content, pest resistance and persistence. Mulato’s rooting system means it can withstand grazing and trampling by livestock and regrow after grazing. It is adaptable to acid infertile soils and drought conditions.   

(Government of Trinidad and Tobago, 2013)

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