Hybrid Ryegrass

  • Bannfoot is a tetraploid hybrid ryegrass which was bred in Northern Ireland by AFBI and first officially listed in 2018
  • Bannfoot is 7/8th perennial type hybrid ryegrass so exhibits excellent persistence for the hybrid group whilst still giving a yield advantage over pure perennials
  • It provides good yields of high quality forage throughout the growing season

Bannfoot is an exciting new tetraploid hybrid ryegrass, which was bred in Northern Ireland by AFBI exclusively for Barenbrug UK and first officially listed in 2018.

Bannfoot has a high percentage of perennial parentage meaning it is incredibly persistent, as demonstrated by its third year yield figure (105%) which, has the highest 3rd year yield of all hybrid ryegrasses on the RGCL. Alongside an excellent yield in year three, farmers that sow Bannfoot can expect excellent first cut yields and high resistance to crown rust.


Species: Lolium x boucheanum

Officially listed in: England & Wales 

Heading dates: England & Wales 20th May

Ploidy: Tetraploid

Bred in: Northern Ireland

Most suited to: Any mixture for a medium term rotation


  Recommended Grass & Clover List for England and Wales  Northern Ireland
Total Average Cutting Yield 15.52 t DM/ha 20.24 t DM/ha
Total Grazing Yield   16.48 t DM/ha


Bannfoot is a variety which provides good quality whether under silage management or under grazing.


Other Attributes
Bannfoot has good Crown Rust Resistance of 6.9, excellent Brown Rust resistance of 8.6 and a Mildew resistance of 7.9. 


Hybrid ryegrasses grow to 6oC soil temperature and so, extend the growing season making them ideal for winter keep for sheep.


Being a tetraploid, you should expect an average of 269,000 seeds per kilogram and a slightly more upright growth habit than diploid counterparts. Bannfoot will benefit from grazing, particularly in the first 12 months to encourage tillering.


Before recommendation, Bannfoot was extensively trialled across multiple locations in the United
Kingdom to gather data on its performance in multiple climatic conditions. It was named after a small village in County Armagh.



A hybrid ryegrass is a cross between the Italian and perennial forms of ryegrass and shares characteristics of both. The dominant parent determines how the variety performs in the field. Some hybrids express the characteristics of the Italian parent very strongly, producing very high yields of up to 20 tonnes per hectare. Other hybrids, express the characteristics of the perennial parent and are very persistent.


Characterised as a rapid growing variety lasting from 1-5 years or longer depending on summer conditions and endophyte status. Hybrids typically yield 10% more than PRG and consistently produce high yields over 4-5 years and show rapid recovery after cutting.

Hybrid ryegrass