Recommended Grass and Clover Lists for England and Wales

Knowing the performance characteristics of grass and clover is immensely useful for your farm. It allows appropriate selection of varieties that will perform well under your particular system.

 

The Recommended Grass and Clover Lists for England and Wales are drawn up after rigorous testing for attributes such as yield, persistency, quality and disease resistance. The data come from trials carried out by the NIAB-TAG, Barenbrug, IBERS, DLF Seeds, DSV, AFBI and SRUC, and are evaluated by a panel of experts.

Did you know that, in order to take advantage of the genetic gain of new grass varieties, as a minimum, 15% of your farm’s grassland area should you re-seed every year.

Barenbrug grass breeding

Barenbrug grass varieties are leading the way for the future of farming, helping to increase farm resilience, as top performers on the Recommended Grass and Clover List (RGCL), Grass and Clover Varieties Guide (GCVG) for Scotland and Irish Pasture Profit Index (PPI), as well as international recommend grass lists.

 

  • Innovative research and technology
  • Top ranking varieties on independent lists across the UK, Ireland and the world
  • Increases in milk yield or live weight gain per hectare
  • Bred & researched at 22 global Royal Barenbrug Group breeding and research stations and with breeding partners AFBI in Northern Ireland
  • Heavily trialled and tested across 12 UK trial sites
  • Trialled and tested for disease resistance
  • Improved tolerances of flooding and drought
  • Improved nutrient (P & K) use efficiency
  • Helping to improve farm sustainability and net-zero goals with UK grown grass seed
  • Increased biodiversity and environmental benefits on farm
  • Improved soil health and organic matter with deeper rooting, more efficient varieties

New Recommended Grass & Clover List 22/23

The latest Barenbrug varieties

 

BARWAVE

An early tetraploid perennial ryegrass, and Barenbrug's first New Zealand bred perennial ryegrass to be added to the RGCL. Barwave is a combination of New Zealand and European genetics making it suitable for our climate.  It has a heading date of the 18th May.

 

Barwave’s key features are under silage management where it has topped the tables (across both diploid and tetraploid varieties) for Year 1 cutting yield (110%), ME yield (110%) and total cutting yield (106%). It has a 2nd cut yield of 118%, 6% better than the following variety. Combining this with an early grazing yield of 124%, again, the top of the early group, this make Barwave ideal for systems that can utilise early silage cuts or want to graze in spring then shut up for silage afterwards.

 

Quality, winter hardiness and crown rust resistance are all strong features too. Barwave already features on the Republic of Ireland Recommended List 2022 and has a PPI score of €244. The variety will also be added to the Grass and Clover Varieties Guide (GCVG) for Scotland when it is released later this year.

 

ERINVALE (16LP10T01) and TOLLYMORE

Two more excellent intermediate tetraploid varieties from the successful partnership between Barenbrug and the Agri-food and Biosciences Institute Northern Ireland (AFBI NI). The varieties have heading dates of  21st May and 22nd May respectively.

 

Both varieties are very strong under silage management achieving a year 1 yield of 106%. Erinvale has a particularly strong 1st cut yield of 111% whilst Tollymore has a more consistent performance throughout the growing season; 1st cut 104%, 2nd cut 103% and 3rd cut 106%. Tollymore also has a very strong grazing performance with 105% achieved for both dry matter and ME yeld. Both varieties have strong grazing and 2nd cut D values.

 

As with Barwave, both Erinvale and Tollymore will appear on the GCVG for Scotland later this year and Tollymore is likely to be added to the 2023 Irish Recommended List and PPI.

 

CROSSGAR

The final new addition for 2022 is the late diploid ryegrass variety Crossgar which has a heading date of 4th June and will also be added to the GCVG for Scotland when it is published later this year.

 

Grazing yields are 1% above control (99%) and total mean silage yields are 3% above control (98%). Crossgar provides a first cut of 102% with early spring and spring yields under grazing of 93% which are 6% and 3% above control respectively. Winterhardiness is good and disease resistance is moderate. A consistent performer across both cutting and grazing management trials, Crossgar will be an excellent addition to any cutting or grazing ley throughout the UK.

 

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England and Wales Recommended Grass and Clover Lists

Barenbrug & Barenbrug-AFBI grass varieties

The Barenbrug and AFBI partnership has resulted in a continued success in breeding grass for the future of agriculture, increasing yield and disease resistance. Currently Barenbrug or AFBI hold top spot with 21% of the grasses within the list coming from grasses bred by AFBI or Barenbrug.  27% of all perennial ryegrasses listed are Barenbrug or AFBI and 22% of all ryegrasses.

 

Perennial Ryegrasses:    3 EARLY (50%) - (2 dip, 1 tet)

                                        9 INTERMEDIATE (29%) - (4 dip, 5 tet)

                                        9 LATE (22%) - (7 dip, 2 tet)

Hybrid Ryegrasses:         2 DIPLOID (67%)

                                        1 TETRAPLOID (6%)

 

Italian Ryegrasses          2 TETRAPLOID (20%)

 

Timothy                          1 

 

 

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