Viscount has been a standout tetraploid perennial ryegrass in Agriseeds' plant breeding programme, with more early spring growth and better total yield than Bealey. Other key benefits include improved rust resistance and high feed quality.
Viscount is late heading (+19). The biggest improvement with Viscount is in its early spring growth, coinciding with calving when feed is most valuable. For dairy farmers extra grass at this time of year has been valued at an average of $0.46/kg DM in the 2016 DairyNZ Forage Value Index.
Viscount has reduced aftermath heading and improved rust tolerance. It is more upright for ease of harvest, allowing good clover content and boosting animal performance.
In addition to providing high quality feed, Viscount comes with NEA endophyte, similar to that in Bealey and Shogun. This plays an important role in providing superior animal performance with a very low risk of animal health problems, such as ryegrass staggers. As a matter of caution we currently do not recommend Viscount NEA be used for horses or deer.