The 2020 Pasture Profit Index (PPI) released by Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine reveals AberClyde as the highest ranked grass variety overall for 2020, taking the top spot from AberGain.
AberGain remains the leading late tetraploid (€192 per ha/year) and AberChoice (€176 per ha/year) is the leading late diploid, with AberClyde (€205 per ha/year) and AberMagic (€187 per ha/year) the leading intermediate tetraploid and diploid, respectively. There are two new varieties added to the 2020 list this year, with four varieties removed.
Once again, Germinal grass varieties continue to dominate the PPI, as all the above-mentioned varieties come from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University (IBERS). According to David Little, Germinal NI Area Sales Manager, “The success of the IBERS grass breeding programme is down to the significant emphasis placed on the key traits for seasonal grazing systems. For over thirty years, the grass breeding programme at IBERS has focused on both quality (DMD) and yield among other traits.”
Each variety on the PPI has been evaluated over a minimum of two sowing years and two harvest years per sowing year. There are five trials sites (Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny and Cork), with each variety sown at each site. Only varieties that demonstrate better than average performance are then published on the list.
With AberGain placed as the highest variety overall for quality at €52 per ha/year, David explains that quality is a hugely important trait as it has the potential to deliver big differences at farm level.