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The Forage Value Index (FVI) is a rating system that helps you make more informed decisions when selecting perennial ryegrass cultivars.

Forage Value Index

Australian dairy farmers invest more than $100 million renovating pastures each year. Perennial ryegrass accounts for almost 80 per cent of this. Until now, there has been no easy way of assessing the agronomic performance or potential economic benefit of different cultivars for use in dairy production.

The Forage Value Index (FVI) is a rating system that helps Australian dairy producers and their advisors to make more informed decisions when selecting perennial ryegrass 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. The selection of better performing cultivars will help to increase pasture productivity at key times of the year and ultimately, farm profitability.

The FVI is based on independently-calculated Performance Values (PV) for seasonal dry matter production and Economic Values (EV). PVs are determined by trial data from the Pasture Variety Trial Network (PVTN), supplemented by data supplied by plant breeding companies that meet eligibility criteria. EVs are determined by economic analysis of case study farms in different dairying regions in south-east 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 (e.g. 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.

More information:

FVI - Terms and conditions (PDF, 52KB)

2017-09-07 - A new tool to help you select the best perennial ryegrass cultivars for your dairy farm (PDF, 95KB)

2017-09-07 - Forage Value Index - Frequently asked questions (PDF, 152KB)


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

Agriculture Victoria

Agriculture Victoria in the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and delivers innovation for economic growth in the agriculture sector through leading science and strong science capacity.

Meat and Livestock Australia

Meat & Livestock Australia Limited (MLA) is the marketing, research and development body for Australia's red meat and livestock industry. MLA is a not-for-profit organisation owned by cattle, sheep and goat producers. It is funded by a levy on livestock sales, with the Federal Government providing matching funds for R&D investment.

MLA's core focus is to deliver value to its 50,000 levy paying members by growing demand for red meat, and improving profitability, sustainability and global competitiveness. MLA is a service provider to the red meat industry, not an industry representative body or lobby group

Australian Seed Federation

The Australian Seed Federation (ASF) is the peak industry body for the Australian seed industry at the local, state, national and international level. The ASF also represents its members internationally, as a member of the International Seed Federation (ISF) and the Asia Pacific Seed Association (APSA).

The ASF strives to deliver Leadership, Advocacy, Adaptation and Solutions on key issues including climate change adaptation, world food security, technological developments, trade, and the growth in productivity of Australian and international agriculture, through the delivery and supply of new and improved commodities and services to the market.

FVI Disclaimer

Dairy Australia makes no warranty or representation with regard to the accuracy of any Forage Value Index information or data, and use of such information or data is at your own risk. You should contact your professional advisor before acting or refraining from acting upon such information or data, including any decision to invest in a new cultivar or maintain use of an existing cultivar.

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