NIAB has added three more varieties to the NIAB Herbage Recommended List for 2009 following an appeals procedure. All three have been recommended for special use.
CONTRAST, marketed by Limagrain, is a diploid intermediate perennial ryegrass. It has been provisionally recommended for special use (PS) as a grazing variety due to a very good yield under simulated grazing and a high early spring growth offering a good early bite.
DUNLOY, marketed by Barenbrug, is a tetraploid late perennial ryegrass. The variety is fully recommended for special use (S) in areas where crown rust is not a problem. Dunloy has good Dreschlera and mildew resistance, which coupled with high yield and grazing digestibility makes the variety well suited to upland and northerly areas of England where a highly palatable variety is required and crown rust is not considered a major disease issue.
PIROL, marketed by Eurograss, is a diploid hybrid ryegrass. It is fully recommended for special use (S) particularly where a high yield is required. Digestibility tends to be low so the variety will be mainly suitable where this is not an issue such as the equine market.
For further information contact:
Don Pendergrast, Livestock Crops, NIAB
T: 01223 342348
M: 07809 583459
E: don.pendergrast [at] niab.com ()
Ros Lloyd, Front Foot Communications
T: 01487 831425
E: ros.lloyd [at] frontfoot.uk.com ()