Barley

Barley is Ireland’s most widely grown cereal crop, with approx 175,000 hectares planted each year.

Typically, this is split as 60% spring barley, and 40% winter which between them produce approx 1.2 to 1.3 million tonnes of grain each year. Barley straw is also a very valuable by-product of this crop, which is eagerly sought after by the many livestock farmers in the country.

The vast majority (75%) of the national barley crop is sold as feed grain, used for cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. About 22% of the national crop grown is classified as ‘malting barley’ and is used in the drinks industry for brewing, distilling and roasting. Approx 3% of the crop is grown for seed production each year.

Winter Barley

Winter Barley DAFM Rec List

KWS CASSIA

(Eden x Carat) x Saffron. Longest serving variety on current Rec List and it still remains…


KWS INFINITY

KWS Cassia x Retriever. Highest yielding 2-row on the 2019 Irish Rec List with a yield rating of…


PIXEL

Etincel x (Henriette x Limpid). New 6-row (6R) variety from Secobra which was added to Irish Rec…


VALERIE

207-589 x Sandra. New 2-row candidate variety from Breun in Germany which is up for recommendation…


Spring Barley

Spring Barley DAFM Rec List

RGT PLANET

Tamtam x Concerto. Very high yielding British variety from RAGT which has raised the bar of…


GANGWAY

Zeppelin x (Natasia x Kathinka). Most popular variety grown this year with almost 40% market share.…


PROSPECT

KWS Irina x Overture. New variety which was highest yielding on 2019 Rec List with a rating of 104.…