Grass seed producer in Bury St Edmunds named in national guide for farmers

The Barenbrug agricultural team.
The Barenbrug agricultural team.
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Two new varieties of grass bred by Bury St Edmunds-based Barenbrug UK have bene included in a national guide for buyers.

It brings to 11 the number of Barenbrug bred grasses included in 2016/17 Recommended Grass and Clover List for England and Wales.

It gives farmers peace of mind they will be able to maximise the productivity of their grassland.

Mhairi Dawson, research and development manager.

Mhairi Dawson, research and development manager for Forage at Barenbrug UK, of Rougham Industrial Estate, said: “We are delighted that two of our latest varieties have been included on the list.

“This achievement is testimony to the quality, innovation and continual improvement of our breeding programmes.

“It gives farmers peace of mind they will be able to maximise the productivity of their grassland and get a good return on investment. That’s more important than ever.”

Entering the list for the first time are Glasker and Gosford – two new varieties of perennial ryegrass, which were developed by forage grass experts at Barenbrug in cooperation with the team at the Agri-Food and Bio-Sciences Institute (AFBI).

Other Barenbrug varieties that also appear on the list again include:

Clanrye, Dunluce, Glenariff, Moira and Seagoe – which have been established on hundreds of UK farms.

Caledon, Glenarm and Ramore, which were added to the Recommended List for England and Wales in 2015

And Fintona – the highest yielding ryegrass ever produced by any breeder.