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Valley Seeds is uniquely Australian; just as the Australian grazing industry is unique in international agriculture. We are a wholly Australian owned company specialising in the breeding, selection, production and marketing of pasture seed varieties.
Valley Seeds has been involved in the seed industry for nearly 40 years and was the first private Australian company to breed ryegrasses. Our undertaking is to breed varieties that help you meet the challenges of modern agriculture. Our breeding has significantly improved the productivity of varieties through better seasonal growth, superior nutritional make up, and consistency of productive quality.
Many varieties on the market today are developed in environments that differ from our Australian climatic conditions. Valley Seeds varieties are designed to reduce animal health problems, improve persistence and increase disease and pest tolerance.
Staggers Free Ryegrass Pasture Seed
Ryegrass staggers is caused by endophyte and many overseas bred varieties need endophyte to enable them to persist in Australian conditions. Valley Seeds varieties are bred from plants selected in Australia that do not have endophyte and therefore do not need this foreign fungus to persist.
These varieties have genetic persistence rather than relying on this often toxic fungus to support their persistence.
There is no longer a need to manage the negative aspects of endophyte. Your livestock productivity, health and welfare are protected when livestock graze Staggers Free varieties.
Agricultural Pasture Seed Product
With over 30 years experience, scientifically breeding seed selections for the Australian climate, Valley Seeds is the only Australian Seed company that can provide tested and proven products to Australian farmers. Read More
Home Lawn Product
Valley Seeds has a large production operation for handling various home lawn products for members of the retail home garden market. Valley Seeds packages over 50% of Australia’s home garden lawn seed. Read More
Valley Seeds has been providing specialist products and service to the turf seed industry for over 30 years and has a range of products specially designed for sporting grounds and climate. Read More
Viticulture/ horticulture: blends have been specifically formulated for use in specialist situations such as vineyards and orchards. Cover crops provide an additional element to the management regime, designed to maximize the performance of crops and minimize the impact of competition. Read More
Platinum – A Pasture Seed Breeding Breakthrough
With the rising costs of supplementary feeds farmers have turned to pasture varieties that are productive through all seasons and persistent for many years. Most of the original perennial ryegrass varieties produced most of their dry matter (DM) yield in a small window near flowering but Valley Seeds has been able to break this mould with their new perennial ryegrass called Platinum.
Platinum perennial ryegrass pasture seed is a very dense tiller variety and this is the reason why it persists so well. Tillers are like the battery for the plant where it stores its energy to survive. The more tillers that a plant has the better chance it has of surviving under harsh conditions such as drought, heavy grazing and heat.
The flowering date of Platinum is 21+ days which in a normal year would be around mid- November. Most perennial ryegrasses have a strong growth spurt close to flowering so Platinum is able to produce high quality DM yields late into the year when the other earlier flowering perennial ryegrasses are fully flowering. The digestibility of perennial ryegrass drops dramatically at flowering so it is important to keep them leafy for as long as possible into the season before flowering and that’s what Platinum does best.
Not only does Platinum perennial ryegrass, pasture seed produce high DM yields and maintain high forage quality late into the season but it breaks the mould by being able to produce high winter DM yields, a trait usually associated with the early flowering perennial ryegrasses. This makes Platinum the idea perennial ryegrass for all season high DM production.
Platinum perennial ryegrass was bred for high DM yields throughout the season and persistence. Platinum was thoroughly screened for resistance to diseases such as crown rust. Crown rust can lower the animal preference towards your pastures, so under a bad rust infection you can have lots of DM yield but stock won’t eat it. The better crown rust resistance the greater the utilization of pasture and the more money you make.
Platinum perennial ryegrass also has an exceptional heat tolerance. It has parentage that is known for continuous growth under hot conditions, a must for farmers that are looking for high production under summer irrigation.
During summer and autumn animals will express the sub-clinical symptoms of the effect of standard endophyte in grasses. Visual symptoms include staggers and heat stress but non visual symptoms can be a decrease in milk or meat production as the animal does not eat the grass due to the toxins the endophyte in the grass produces. Platinum perennial ryegrass doesn’t have endophyte so it is animal friendly and won’t affect your milk or meat production over these periods.
Platinum perennial ryegrass has been thoroughly trialled in numerous locations including Finley NSW, Ecklin and Sale in Victoria. The following results show the high DM production throughout the season, showing that Platinum perennial ryegrass is the all- round ryegrass for Australian farmers.