Global grass breeder DLF is trialling its latest grass varieties on farms, with the cow’s ability to graze-out the sward being the number one trait on its list.

Speaking at DLF’s grass partner programme open day, DLF general manager Paul Flanagan made the point that “a variety that delivers 15t is not much use on a farm if the cows won’t eat it”. Following on from this he said “if the variety grazes out well you want it to produce as much as possible” so yield would be the next trait they would look at. Once the utilisable yield is determined the next area of focus is quality and getting the highest quality possible, all steps which help to identify the ideal grazing variety.