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Forage Value Index

The Forage Value Index (FVI) has now been updated for the 2022 pasture sowing season. Lists are now available for Perennial and Italian ryegrass in 2022 with the Annual ryegrass FVI also due to be updated for 2022 in the coming weeks.

The 2021 rankings for annual ryegrass are still available as a reference point for farmers in the meantime.

In 2022, for the first time, farmers and their advisors in New South Wales will have FVI tables specifically relevant to their local regions, with the addition of South Coast NSW and North Coast NSW as new regions in the FVI with their own set of Economic Values. The lists for these two new regions will only include Italian ryegrass and Annual ryegrass (when the 2022 update for annuals is completed) due to the greater relative importance of those two species in those regions compared to perennial ryegrass.

These two new regions are in addition to the existing four regions of Tasmania, Northern Victoria, Gippsland and South-West Victoria.

The update to the economic values to include two new regions also included an update to the model used to calculate economic values in each region. This is described in detail of page 5 of each PDF in the 2022 FVI updates for each region.

The FVI will continue to develop and expand each year. We are currently in the process of collecting and analysing forage quality data in perennial ryegrass and are also planning collection of Forage quality samples in annual ryegrass trials in 2022. This will eventually allow the FVI rankings to account for forage quality in addition as dry matter yield (which the FVI is solely based on at the moment). 

The Pasture Trial Network (PTN) is a key partner in the FVI and is the primary data source for the index. Individual trial data at a cultivar level of the trials used in the FVI’s multi environment, multi harvest index are also available for farmers and producers to look at, and we encourage FVI users to also look at the individual trial results of several species from sites that may be of relevance to your farm or situation. These can be accessed here at MLA Pasture Trial Network.

Annual Ryegrass FVI

  • Northern Victoria FVI Annual Ryegrass Tables 2021

    PDF607.19 KB
  • Southwest Victoria FVI Annual Ryegrass Tables 2021

    PDF607.43 KB
  • Gippsland FVI Annual Ryegrass Tables 2021

    PDF608.5 KB
  • Tasmania FVI Annual Ryegrass Tables 2021

    PDF606.72 KB

Italian Ryegrass FVI

  • Northern Victoria FVI Italian Ryegrass Tables 2022

    PDF716.37 KB
  • Southwest Victoria FVI Italian Ryegrass Tables 2022

    PDF716.74 KB
  • Gippsland FVI Italian Ryegrass Tables 2022

    PDF718.1 KB
  • Tasmania FVI Italian Ryegrass Tables 2022

    PDF716.07 KB
  • North Coast NSW FVI Italian Ryegrass Tables 2022

    PDF716.47 KB
  • South Coast NSW FVI Italian Ryegrass Tables 2022

    PDF716.49 KB

Perennial Ryegrass FVI

  • Northern Victoria FVI Perennial Ryegrass Tables 2022

    PDF882.82 KB
  • Southwest Victoria FVI Perennial Ryegrass Tables 2022

    PDF882.98 KB
  • Gippsland FVI Perennial Ryegrass Tables 2022

    PDF883.01 KB
  • Tasmania FVI Perennial Ryegrass Tables 2022

    PDF882.84 KB
Hear from Victorian dairy farmer Bryan Dickson on how he utilises the Forage Value Index to help select the right cultivars for his pastures.

About the Forage Value Index

The Forage Value Index (FVI) rating system helps Australian dairy farmers and their advisors make more informed decisions when selecting cultivars. It provides an accurate, reliable and independent assessment of the potential economic value of perennial ryegrass cultivars in different dairy regions of south-east Australia. Selection of better performing cultivars helps to increase pasture productivity at key times of the year and ultimately, farm profitability.

Every year, the FVI is updated with new trial data to ensure the rankings are as accurate as possible and that any new commercially available cultivars are represented.

The FVI is based on independently-calculated performance values for seasonal dry matter production and economic values. Performance values are determined by trial data from the Pasture Trial Network, while economic values are determined by economic analysis of case study farms in different dairying regions in south-eastern Australia.

The FVI for each cultivar is expressed using a colour coding system, with the green colour representing the best performing cultivars in each region. The FVI ranks cultivars according to their colour coding and user-nominated attributes, such as seasonal production, ploidy, heading date and endophyte. Only cultivars listed in the Pasture Seed Database and confirmed as a cultivar by the Australian Seed Federation are used in the FVI.

Farmers with a particular interest in how a cultivar performs at a specific time of the year relative to other cultivars can use the FVI seasonal performance tables for the relevant FVI season. For example, if winter pasture growth is of greater importance on a farm due to its calving pattern, then the FVI table on winter seasonal performance will be important to consider when selecting the most suitable cultivar.


The Forage Value Index has been a collaborative effort between Dairy Australia, Agriculture Victoria, Australian Seed Federation, Meat and Livestock Australia and DairyNZ.


  • Forage Value Index Terms and Conditions 2021

    PDF46.77 KB
  • FVI factsheet 2020

    PDF92.1 KB
  • Forage Value Index FAQs 2021

    PDF450.67 KB

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