Five new Teagasc-bred perennial ryegrass varieties have been added to the grass and clover recommended list of varieties for Ireland for 2012, which is published by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
The varieties have been shown to offer improved yield, quality and persistence characteristics for grass-based production systems in Ireland.
The new varieties are Genesis (early diploid), Carraig (intermediate tetraploid), Majestic (late diploid), Glenveagh (late diploid) and Kintyre (late tetraploid).
Genesis has the highest spring yield and Glenveagh the highest ground cover of all perennial ryegrass varieties on the recommended list. Carraig has the highest spring yield and ground cover of all intermediate tetraploid varieties. Kintyre has the highest annual yield, and joint highest autumn yield and digestibility of all late heading varieties. Majestic combines high all-round performance in yield and ground cover. The grass and clover recommended list of varieties for Ireland for 2012 is available in the publications section of the Department of Agriculture’s www.agriculture.gov.ie website.
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