DLF grass breeder held a focus event on DLF Grass Partner Michael and Bernie O Sullivan’s Farm in Castleisland, Kerry with Grasstec and Teagasc today. Key topics covered at the event were; soil nutrition, with an emphasis on P K & Lime, grassland management, residuals, regrowth and covers and finally grass varieties. Michael is one of four farmers within the DLF Grass Partner Program aimed at improving grassland utilisation with specific concentration on ryegrass varietal performance. Michael has been using DLF varieties since 2016 and after joining the DLF Grass Partner Program in 2018 has begun sowing individual varieties of perennial ryegrass and feeding the performance data back into the partner program.

Earlier this year DLF announced the introduction of the Grasstec Group to the Partner program as the official independent ‘analysis partner’. Grasstec’s grass measuring team have been visiting DLF’s partner farms on a regular basis to measure and record grassland, with a particular emphasis on capturing data around the progression of DLF’s latest varieties. Noel Gowan spoke on the Day “there are four rules of grassland management, that pertaining to residuals, rotation length, protecting regrowth and pregrazing covers.”

Speaking at the event DLF General Manager Paul Flanagan said “What is happening on Michaels farm & the other three partner farms is essentially an extension to our research program. We analyse roughly 1,500 varieties every year in Waterford by mechanically cutting the plots with a Haldrup Harvester which indicates the key performers. What we are answering here on the partner farms is how those key performers do in front of cows as opposed to mechanically cutting.  This year Michael is grazing a new DLF variety called Nashota which is not yet on the Irish recommended list or PPI. On paper from our Waterford trials and early department results, Nashota has the potential to be a market leader in Ireland. Here in Kerry, Michael and 110 black and white ladies will determine its grazing potential!

What we have seen so far from the work carried out on the partner farms very much mirrors the results from grazing studies published by Moorpark earlier this year where DLF varieties like Nifty, Aspect, Solas and Xenon have performed very well under actual grazing trials. Speaking at the event graze out and utilazation was essentially a theme. In his introduction Michael O Sullivan stated “We joined the Grass Partner program with DLF in 2018 because we wanted to get more from our farm and had confidence DLF could help us bring our goals to fruition”.

DLF have invested like no other in research since getting involved in the Irish market in 2015, having screened over 6,000 varieties to date for application in Ireland. “Nashota comes from our first round of trials in Ireland meaning we may have a winning variety with our first attempt from Irish trials. More interesting, is since then we have been selecting the parent lines in Ireland and crossing specifically for the Irish market. This Autumn we will sow varieties bred specifically for Ireland in Waterford trials. If our first attempt with Nashota has a chance of adding value to farmers like Michael here today, our Irish breeding efforts will ensure we continue to add value to Irish farmers for years to come” added DLF Paul Flanagan.

Launched in 2017 the “More Milk with DLF” Grass Partner programme is a long-term project that will aid the grassland utilisation for the four farmers involved. Here in Kerry Denis Brasil of Teagasc, Adam Heffernan of KFA and Noel Gowan have all played their part in working to make this happen for Farmers across the island of Ireland can follow the participating farmers progress on twitter @DLF_IRL, on Facebook @DLFIreland or sign-up to DLF’s newsletter by emailing info@dlfseeds.ie.

22 .Apr.2015

DLF Seeds Ireland Partnership

World leading grass seed breeder DLF and Seedtech, one of Ireland’s foremost grass and forage businesses, announce new Joint Venture in Ireland


Waterford based Seedtech, part of the Arvum Group, and DLF-TRIFOLIUM, the world’s largest producer of grass and clover seed, have launched a new business - DLF Ireland. The new business, based in Waterford, combines DLF’s global leadership in seed breeding with Seedtech’s local research, development and wholesaling capabilities to provide Irish distributors with the very best in grass and forage seed technology.

The new business will have immediate access to over half of the top 20 varieties on the Recommended List. It will combine DLF’s outstanding breeding technology with Seedtech’s unrivalled knowledge of the Irish market and history of varietal selection to deliver some of the very best varieties and mixtures available anywhere in the world today. The new venture has an exciting portfolio of outstanding new varieties and mixtures selected for launch over the next few years.

Speaking at the launch, newly appointed General Manager of DLF Ireland, Mr Paul Flanagan said “This is a really exciting time for all of us serving the Irish grassland farmer; with the US market opening up to our beef exports, the abolition of dairy quotas and the Government’s well publicised commitment to increasing dairy output by up to 50% over the next few years, new technology will become increasingly important. Our aim is to develop and introduce novel grass and forage varieties and mixtures that help farmers achieve significant yield increases.”

“Conducting local trials and selecting varieties to meet the very specific requirements of the Irish farmer, climate and market has always been a key strength of Seedtech. Marrying this ability with DLFs outstanding breeding lines will speed-up the introduction of the kinds of varieties that our farmers need to meet the challenges of the new Irish farming marketplace.”