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Ten new grass varieties make the 2015/2016 recommended lists

Published 6 May 15

The 2015/2016 Recommended Grass and Clover Lists (RGCL) have been updated with 10 new ryegrass varieties.

Only grasses and clovers that have undergone at least four years of independent testing are included in the lists. They offer grassland farmers an invaluable resource, enabling them to select varieties that will perform well in a particular system.

“For a variety to make the RGCL they have been rigorously tested for factors such as yield, feed quality, disease, and persistence,” said EBLEX livestock scientist Dr Liz Genever.

“The lists give details on the performance and characteristics of each variety, helping producers make informed decisions about the ones that best meet their needs.

“By selecting the appropriate varieties to suit their system or purpose, producers can maximise the productivity of their grassland.”

From Thursday 7 May the 2015/2016 RGCL handbook and the full lists for merchants will be available to download at www.eblex.org.uk/returns and www.britishgrassland.com/rgcl. The online interactive version for perennial ryegrasses has also been updated and will be available at www.dairyco.org.uk/rgcl.

Hard copies of the handbook will be available from the EBLEX, DairyCo and BGS at Grassland UK on 7 May.

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