Viscount has been a standout tetraploid perennial ryegrass in Agriseeds' plant breeding programme, with outstanding palatability, excellent early spring and total yield, improved rust resistance and high feed quality. In 2018 Viscount has been upgraded to NEA4 endophyte.
Viscount is late heading (+19). It has excellent early spring growth, coinciding with calving or lambing when feed is most valuable. For dairy farmers grass at this time of year has been valued at $0.46/kg DM in the DairyNZ Forage Value Index.
Viscount provides high quality very palatable feed, with reduced aftermath heading and improved rust tolerance. It is more upright for ease of harvest, allowing good clover content and boosting animal performance.
Viscount now comes with NEA4 endophyte (instead of NEA), which improves its persistence through better black beetle and root aphid control. Overall NEA4 is very similar to NEA2, and Viscount NEA4 provides excellent animal performance with a very low risk of animal health problems such as ryegrass staggers.