Eight new varieties of ryegrass and one red and one white clover have been added to the 2019-2020 Recommended Grass and Clover Lists (RGCL).

Only grasses and clovers that have undergone at least four years of independent testing are included in the lists.

Varieties are rigorously tested for factors such as total and seasonal yield, feed quality, disease and persistence before making the Recommended Lists.

Siwan Howatson, AHDB dairy scientist, said: “The lists are an invaluable resource for grassland farmers, enabling them to select varieties that will perform well in a particular system.

“When thinking about reseeding, the Recommended Grass and Clover Lists should be used to check that the varieties being selected are on the lists and are the best available, helping farmers make informed decisions alongside their seed merchants about the ones that best meet their needs.”

Updates for 2019

In addition to providing information on the varieties, the Recommended Grass and Clover Lists also includes a range of technical information for farmers on how they can manage their reseed and maximise the productivity of their grassland.

The 2019-2020 Recommended Grass and Clover Lists handbook and the full lists for merchants is now available to download from the AHDB and British Grassland website.

The online interactive version for perennial ryegrasses has been updated and will be available on the AHDB website.

Hard copies of the handbook will be available from the AHDB stand at the Royal Welsh Grassland event on June 6, 2019.