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Forage Value Index

The Forage Value Index (FVI) has been significantly expanded in 2021 to include Annual Ryegrass and Italian ryegrass for the first time. In addition, the annual update of the existing perennial ryegrass FVI was published in early 2021.

This exciting new development means that there in now an FVI for three different species. Economic Values for ryegrass in the three Victorian regions were also updated in 2021 to better reflect the variability in hay and grain prices over the last 5 years. Also, for the first time, the Economic Values used are now printed on each published FVI list across all species and regions. 

The FVI will continue to be updated for all species each year. In addition, new Economic Values for dairy regions beyond Victoria will be developed and released for the 2022 update, meaning that farmers who sow annual ryegrass in regions like NSW and WA will have a more accurate local index of available cultivars when making seed purchasing decisions.


Annual Ryegrass FVI

  • Northern Victoria FVI Annual Ryegrass Tables 2021

    PDF607.19 KB
  • Southwest Victoria FVI Annual Ryegrass Tables 2021

    PDF607.43 KB
  • Gippsland FVI Annual Ryegrass Tables 2021

    PDF608.5 KB
  • Tasmania FVI Annual Ryegrass Tables 2021

    PDF606.72 KB

Italian Ryegrass FVI

  • Northern Victoria FVI Italian Ryegrass Tables 2021

    PDF736.54 KB
  • Southwest Victoria FVI Italian Ryegrass Tables 2021

    PDF736.54 KB
  • Gippsland FVI Italian Ryegrass Tables 2021

    PDF736.13 KB
  • Tasmania FVI Italian Ryegrass Tables 2021

    PDF736.54 KB

Perennial Ryegrass FVI

  • FVI 2021 Perennial Tables Northern Victoria

    PDF377.6 KB
  • FVI 2021 Perennial Tables Southwest Victoria

    PDF378.02 KB
  • FVI 2021 Perennial Tables Gippsland

    PDF377.74 KB
  • FVI 2021 Perennial Tables Tasmania

    PDF377.31 KB

About the Forage Value Index

The Forage Value Index (FVI) rating system helps Australian dairy farmers and their advisors make more informed decisions when selecting cultivars. It provides an accurate, reliable and independent assessment of the potential economic value of perennial ryegrass cultivars in different dairy regions of south-east Australia. Selection of better performing cultivars helps to increase pasture productivity at key times of the year and ultimately, farm profitability.

Every year, the FVI is updated with new trial data to ensure the rankings are as accurate as possible and that any new commercially available cultivars are represented.

The FVI is based on independently-calculated performance values for seasonal dry matter production and economic values. Performance values are determined by trial data from the Pasture Trial Network, while economic values are determined by economic analysis of case study farms in different dairying regions in south-eastern Australia.

The FVI for each cultivar is expressed using a colour coding system, with the green colour representing the best performing cultivars in each region. The FVI ranks cultivars according to their colour coding and user-nominated attributes, such as seasonal production, ploidy, heading date and endophyte. Only cultivars listed in the Pasture Seed Database and confirmed as a cultivar by the Australian Seed Federation are used in the FVI.

Farmers with a particular interest in how a cultivar performs at a specific time of the year relative to other cultivars can use the FVI seasonal performance tables for the relevant FVI season. For example, if winter pasture growth is of greater importance on a farm due to its calving pattern, then the FVI table on winter seasonal performance will be important to consider when selecting the most suitable cultivar.


The Forage Value Index has been a collaborative effort between Dairy Australia, Agriculture Victoria, Australian Seed Federation, Meat and Livestock Australia and DairyNZ.


  • Forage Value Index Terms and Conditions 2021

    PDF46.77 KB
  • FVI factsheet 2020

    PDF92.1 KB
  • Forage Value Index FAQs 2021

    PDF450.67 KB

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