Forage Value Index

The 2021 Perennial Forage Value Index (FVI) tables have been released. This year’s update includes new entrant cultivars and in addition, the economic models used to value ryegrass in the different FVI seasons have also been updated for the first time in a number of years, to better reflect the variability in hay & grain prices over the last 5 years.

The new economic values are printed on page 3 of the 2021 update for each region. Click below to access the 2021 perennial FVI for your region:

  • FVI 2021 Tables Northern Victoria Factsheet

    (04 February 2021)
    PDF, 377.6 KB
  • FVI 2021 Tables Southwest Victoria Factsheet

    (27 January 2021)
    PDF, 378.02 KB
  • FVI 2021 Tables Gippsland Factsheet

    (22 January 2021)
    PDF, 377.74 KB
  • FVI 2021 Tables Tasmania Factsheet

    (27 January 2021)
    PDF, 377.31 KB

Expansion of the FVI to include other species

The FVI as it currently stands only lists perennial ryegrass cultivars. Dairy Australia is working with industry partners on expanding the FVI to generate new indexes for other important species relevant to Australian dairy farmers. It is planned to release an Annual Ryegrass FVI and an Italian Ryegrass FVI in the coming months. This will have national relevance as these species are grown across all dairy regions of Australia. Stay tuned to DA media release etc for more news on this exciting development as it becomes available. 

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

    (25 January 2021)
    PDF, 46.77 KB
  • FVI factsheet 2020

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 92.1 KB
  • Forage Value Index FAQs 2021

    (25 January 2021)
    PDF, 450.67 KB

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