Australian dairy farmers invest over $100 million per annum renovating their pastures, with ryegrass-based pastures by far the most common homegrown source of feed. With both short term (Annual & Italian) as well as perennial ryegrass species all widely used, and many different cultivars available on the market within each species, it can be a real challenge for farmers to choose the most suitable variety for their farm. A quick and easy way to assess the yield and relative economic performance of the different cultivars within a species such as perennial ryegrass, is to use the Dairy Australia Forage Value Index (FVI).
Join DairyTas's REO Liz Mann and Dairy Australias Feedbase lead Ruairi McDonnell and Agriculture Victoria research fellow Professor Kevin Smith to find out about the latest update to the FVI and what's being planned to help you select the right pastures for the future.
The Future Forage Value Index (FFVI) project is part of the DairyFeedbase program which is a joint venture of Agriculture Victoria, Dairy Australia and the Gardiner Foundation.