Forage Grasses

Forage grasses are one of the most important constituent in dairy cow basic feed. The basic feed determines the cost-of-production ratio per litre of milk. A forage grass mixture composed of varieties of cutting-edge plant breeding will offer optimized feed qualities and highest yields – and this will have a significant impact on the returns in dairy production.

Tests have shown that an increase of 1 MJ NEl per kg of dry matter corresponds to an increase of feed intake of 1 kg per day (LfL Bayern 2016). When energy density is raised from 5.5 to 6.5 MJ NEl per kg DMB, the daily feed intake of the cow is not 13.5 kg DMB, but 14.5 kg DMB, which means that the cow can produce 16.5 kg instead of 10.4 kg of milk per day from the basic feed.

Forage grass breeding has made decisive progress in the past decades. New varieties have been selected for their forage qualities, their yield, health and adaptation to different environments.

Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) is the leading breeder in grasses in Europe and deals with all species relevant in the European market for grasses. These include perennial rye-grass (Lolium perenne), Italian rye-grass (Lolium multiflorum), annual rye-grass (Lolium multiflorum westerwoldicum), Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis), timothy (Phleum pratense), cock’s foot (Dactylis glomerata) and tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea).

The breeding objectives of DSV are the following:

  • supreme feed quality
  • low susceptibility to diseases, drought or frost
  • excellent sward density
  • improved usage flexibility
  • high yield with very good energy content
  • persistence, even in difficult environments
  • high competitiveness in mixtures
  • efficient nutrient utilization

COUNTRY Mixtures directly from the Breeder

COUNTRY is the label for quality in forage cultivation. Under the umbrella of this trademark, DSV has continuously enhanced forage grasses for more than 20 years, adapting them to the requirements of modern forage production. A variety of mixtures covers all possible needs of professionally managed farms.
For any questions on varieties and seeds as well as further advice, please contact the respective counsellors under: