New Varieties from Barenbrug on Scottish Recommended List

Three new forage grass varieties from Barenbrug UK will appear on the new Recommended Grass and Clover List for Scotland when it is published later this year.

Selecting products for its 2017/18 list, SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) included a hybrid diploid grass from Barenbrug plus two of the company’s late perennial ryegrasses: a diploid and a tetraploid.

Mhairi Dawson

Mhairi Dawson

The three varieties are:

  • Barclamp – Barenbrug’s latest diploid hybrid ryegrass. The result of a breeding programme in Holland and extensive UK trials, Barclamp heads on the 24th May, and offers high yields of good quality silage with an A rating for ground cover. Barclamp is also a new addition on the English and Welsh recommended list.​

  • Barextend – a late heading diploid perennial ryegrass that has been extensively tested in the UK for the past seven years. Barextend offers excellent quality silage and grazing with good yields, particularly under grazing management; 107% of control for early spring growth. The dense growth habit means it is rated A for ground cover.

  • Ballintoy – a late heading perennial tetraploid from Barenbrug’s prolific breeding partnership with AFBI. Heading on the 1st June, Ballintoy produces exceptional early spring growth under grazing (122% of control) and a first cut yield of 115% of control. Quality is also very high with grazing over 75D and a first cut of 69.8D. Ballintoy is also listed in England and Wales and has been extensively trialled in Northern Ireland where it was bred.

Mhairi Dawson, R&D Manager at Barenbrug UK, said:
“The fact that our grass varieties regularly appear on Recommended Lists across the UK is testimony to the expertise of our grass breeding team. Year after year, their understanding of grass and their knowledge of grass-growing conditions across the UK ensures the development of top qualities varieties that can make a significant difference to a farmer’s bottom line.”


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