Research and Development

    Innovative solutions for changing conditions

    Researched in Australia, developed for Australia.

    Valley Seeds is one of our nation’s largest commercial plant breeders.

    Finding answers to farmers’ questions is what the agronomy team does best.

    Significant capital investment into the R&D program means there is a continual, constant commitment to finding new and unique ways to breed, trial, and test the very best pasture for Australian farmers.

    From breeding in alternative species to working with F1 hybrids, the Valley Seeds team is constantly searching for and discovering new ways to accelerate pasture production. Guided by leading plant breeding scientist Anthony Leddin, the team works across two major Victorian research facilities in Yarck and Yambuk.

    The team’s current focus is on:

    • Generating unique interspecific crosses
    • Improving the establishment of deep-rooted perennials in year 1
    • Designing methods to enhance the emergence vigour of annuals and Italians

    Meet our R&D team below and find out more about our new products here.

    Research & Development


    Anthony Leddin

    RESEARCH MANAGER/PLANT BREEDER

    Sarah McMaster

    Technical Product Development Lead

    Joseph Daniel

    Seed Production Manager