High Sugar Rye Grasses

Published 2 December 09

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IGER's scientists discovered more than two decades ago that livestock grazing grass with high sugar content produced more meat and milk.  Forage breeders at the Institute have since worked to develop new varieties with this valuable quality trait, combined with other important agronomic characteristics such as high yield, persistency and disease resistance.

Extensive research has shown that Aber High Sugar grass varieties produce measurable performance benefits for dairy, beef and lamb producers. This project aims to provide sound scientific evidence for the advantages of using High Sugar Grasses in conventional plant breeding programmes, in grassland-based, low-cost dairy, beef and sheep production systems.