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Commando Mixture provides natural control of nematodes using resistant varieties of oilseed radish and mustard.
Commando can also be used as a biofumigation mixture.

Mixture Formulation:
  • Oilseed Radish
  • Mustard (BCN)
  • Carbon Brassica Cavinata


  • Natural control of nematodes
  • Traps and recycles nitrogen
  • Improves soil structure by increasing organic matter
  • Improved water retention
  • Reduces soil erosion

Technical Information

Sow at 20kg per hectare.


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DLF Grass and Clover - Sustainable farming practice

It is a global challenge to secure a green and sustainable future for our climate and environment. DLF takes part in the global vision for a sustainable future. Products produced by DLF contribute to a sustainable future as it has been summarized in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Core to our business is to breed reliable and sustainable solutions for farmers world-wide.

To offset the climatic and environmental impact of milk and meat production farmers globally need to continually develop their farming practice towards reducing the carbon footprint and improving the environmental profile. It is possible to reduce the climate impact by basing the feed supply on a local production of perennial, high quality grass and legume as the feed source. Choosing perennial forage mixtures will improve yield and livestock productivity while at the same time sequestering carbon and reducing the methane emission pr. unit milk or meat hence reducing the carbon emission.

The soil – the foundation for sustainable farming

The soil and crop are livestock managers foundation for a sustainable farming practice, and they impact each other positively. Grassland established with a mixture of perennial fiber energy grasses and legumes (clovers or alfalfa) positively impacts the soil, environment and climate. There are multiple reasons to pay an interest to the soil features of perennial grasslands as they positively impact the soil structure, nutrient retention and carbon sequestration compared to annual crops.

Perennial grassland adds to soil fertility

The long growth season of grasses and legumes from early spring to late autumn builds up biomass in the soil. The extensive grass root biomass absorbs nitrate and other nutrients efficiently and creates micropores that are key to transport nutrients and water to avoid flooding. The root mass increases the soil biomass and sequesters carbon. To learn more about root architecture DLF has partnered up to build the state-of-the-art root screening facility “RadiMax” in cooperation with universities and plant breeders. The screening results help bring new varieties with proven root structure to the market.

Increase productivity, reduce the climate impact of milk and meat production

Methane, which is also emitted from cows, is a severe greenhouse gas, contributing to the global climate change. Local production of forage solutions which can increase productivity of livestock and the efficiency of land used for forage production should be a priority for farmers. Using grasses and legumes with a high feeding value increases milk production pr. cow. With fewer cows, the same amount of milk or meat can be produced while reducing the methane emission.

Optimized forage solutions to benefit climate and environment

Perennial forage crops have a top-notch climate and environmental profile, and if we are able to promote greater use of these crops, we are well on our way to helping agriculture in the green transition.
DLF's plant breeding is targeted to develop the next generation of robust and high productivity grass, clover and alfalfa varieties.

With DLF Grass and Clover mixtures farmers will be able to:

  • Improve yield and sequester carbon. Leaving the soil undisturbed builds up organic matter and improves biological activity and soil fertility
  • Rely on homegrown forage. By optimizing grassland productivity farmers become less reliant on import of feed
  • Improve milk and meat production. DLF Grass and Clover forage provides high yields, digestibility and protein content

Concerning UN Sustainable Development Goals

DLF solutions are optimized to maximize output and minimize the input of other resources by being resilient to changed climate conditions. Optimized solutions from DLF reduce the global climate and environmental impact. DLF Grass and Clover makes a unique contribution to

  • Goal 2: 2.4: By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.
  • Goal 13: Climate change. Takes urgent action to combat climate change and its impact.

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Spitfire is a modern rape created by crossing rape with kale and is a good companion to use with other fast establishing brassicas.


It is a medium-tall variety with high dry matter yield, excellent aphid tolerance, good stock palatability and rapid establishment to maturity. It also has very good re-growth potential but needs to be carefully managed to avoid damage to stems. Spitfire is a multi–purpose rape suitable for planting in spring for excellent summer and autumn feed, or in early autumn for quality winter feed. The main strengths of Spitfire are excellent yield, insect tolerance, and a low dry matter (DM%) stem. The very low DM% content of the stem produces high quality forage with good utilisation at grazing.

Seed RatePack SizeSeed Treatment
6 - 10kg/ha5kg and 25kgUntreated


Stock should be introduced gradually over a two week period and an area of grassland should be available for animals to return to; water and hay or straw should also be made available. Please contact your supplier for further guidance.

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Cereal producers looking to introduce a forage crop post-harvest could do worse than grow the new winter hardy forage rape variety, Rampart.


Introduced commercially in 2018 by Limagrain UK, this new generation of forage rape has been bred for its flexibility and feed quality.

Rampart is especially valuable as a forage crop for cereal producers as it can be sown post-harvest and it is ready for grazing – by sheep or cattle – from October to February,” says Limagrain forage crop manager Martin Titley. “It is winter hardy, so it can provide a high-quality feed that retains its palatability.”

Limagrain trials show that this fast-growing brassica, that can be sown from June to August, produces a fresh yield 6% above the control variety used in the trials, and 2% higher dry matter yield. It also scored ‘8’ out of a maximum of ‘9’ for mildew and Alternaria resistance.

Forage rape has an estimated growing cost of £408/ha and yields between 4t and 5t of dry matter/hectare. It has a crude protein among the highest of any forage crop of 19% to 20% and an energy content between 10 and 11 ME/kg DM.

“Forage rape is a great break crop – and a catch crop,” adds Mr Titley. “It can break the pest and disease cycle that can hinder cereal production, and the dung from sheep and cattle, plus any green material that’s ploughed in post grazing, improve soil fertility and soil health. And growers also like the ground cover on arable land which is essential over winter to prevent water runoff and nitrogen leaching.

The minimal effort required to grow forage rape is also attractive to cereal producers. Stubble can be harrowed and the seed then planted with nitrogen fertiliser applied at a rate of 40kg to 50kg per hectare. The crop is also a good user of farm yard manure. After grazing, the land can be prepared for a spring cereal crop or a grass reseed.

Limagrain’s latest forage rape trial results are available HERE.

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Hobson ~ Forage Rape
A reliable variety that has consistently performed in the UK


Hobson is the variety for finishing lambs. It has has excellent resistance to powdery mildew; a disease which can make some crops unpalatable leading to a high wastage factor.

Hobson is very palatable and digestible. Bred by Limagrain and fully proven on livestock farms throughout the UK.

End Use: Dairy, Beef & Sheep
Utilisation: Graze in situ
Sowing period: Spring, Early Summer & After cereals
Utilisation Period: Autumn & Winter
Re-growth rape: No

Hobson is the variety for finishing lambs. It has has excellent resistanceto powdery mildew; a disease which can make some crops unpalatableleading to a high wastage factor.Hobson is very palatable and digestibe. Bred by Limagrain and fully proven on ivestock farms throughout the UK.


  • Ideal for finishing lambs
  • Powdery mildew resistant
  • Reliable forage
  • UK proven



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DLF Alfalfa - when sustainable farming generates higher value
DLF is part of the global vision of a sustainable future as summarized in the UN Global Goals. It is a focal point in our green agenda to provide farmers worldwide with sustainable agricultural solutions. DLF Alfalfa is one of many sustainable products that increase agricultural productivity and goes hand in hand with a climate-neutral future.

A focus area in DLF is to contribute to sustainable forage solutions to the benefit of farmers and our climate. DLF Alfalfa is a locally produced protein source with high nutritional value and a high output, generated on low input.

Import of protein affects the climate
The global demand for reduced greenhouse gas emissions is a high priority. In dairy and meat production, locally produced forage solutions, with high productivity, will balance the greenhouse gas emissions in a more sustainable direction.
Locally produced protein for forage is recognized as having a positive effect on the climate. By reducing long-distance transport of protein sources, carbon emissions will be considerably reduced.

The root of solutions
Proteins have an important role in forage production because they generate a high productivity in dairy and meat production. Alfalfa and grass forage mixtures have proven to deliver up to four times higher yield in drought conditions compared to grass production fields.

With DLF Alfalfa farmers will be able to:
• Promote locally produced protein
With DLF Alfalfa in locally produced forage solutions the amount of protein will be maximized per hectare and farmers will be less dependent on imported protein.
• Experience high stability over years
Due to its extensive rooting ability, DLF Alfalfa will find moisture from deep in the soil, allowing it to continue growing also in very dry conditions.
• Reduce input cost
DLF Alfalfa has symbiotic nitrogen fixation and requires a minimum input of pesticides.

Less transport and carbon emission
By enabling farmers to grow local forage protein, DLF Alfalfa contribute to reduce carbon emission. This improves forage digestibility and boost milk and meat production. As a result, farmers save money, improve output and support long-term sustainable farming.

The UN Global Goals
DLF solutions are optimized to maximize output and minimize the input of other resources by being resilient to changed climate conditions. Optimized solutions from DLF, reduce the global climatic and environmental impact. DLF Alfalfa makes a unique contribution to:

- Achieve food security by increasing productivity (goal 2)
- Takes urgent action to combat climate change by sequestrating carbon (goal 13)

• DLF Alfalfa contains up to 20% protein compared with 14% for grasses and 9% for maize.
• DLF Alfalfa Introduces the equivalent of 250 kg N fertilizer
• DLF Alfalfa and grass mixtures generates up to 5% higher crude protein content in home-produced forage compared to grass
• DLF Alfalfa is deep rooting and improves soil fertility and -health
• DLF Alfalfa is extremely resilient to drought

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DLF PLUS-grasses - When sustainable products increase agricultural productivity
DLF is part of the global vision of a sustainable future as summarized in the UN Global Goals. It is a focal point in our green agenda to provide farmers worldwide with sustainable agricultural solutions. PLUS-grasses are one of many new sustainable products developed by DLF, that increase agricultural productivity and goes hand in hand with a climate-neutral future.

DLF contribute to the green transition with research, that develops future forage solutions. PLUS-grasses are one of our solutions for farmers. These type of grasses are also well known under the Festulolium name. PLUS-grasses are advantageous, combining the traits of their parental components for improved performance. We offer two types of PLUS-grasses: Tall fescue PLUS and Ryegrass PLUS.

Tall fescue PLUS varieties have an optimal growth for a longer period under dry conditions due to an extensive and deep rooting system. Ryegrass PLUS varieties have higher persistency and better stress tolerance that minimize the risk of crop loss.

Food supply and security in a challenging environment
Extreme weather conditions appear more and more regularly around the world. Dry periods during the growing season are not unusual. In some countries, droughts become more severe and longer lasting, which will aggravate the growth conditions for the crop. Under such conditions, farmers harvest will be at a higher risk creating food insecurity for both humans and animals.

Therefore, farmers require crops that can maintain growth for a longer period under dry conditions. PLUS-grasses meet these criteria, and at the same time farmers can produce higher yield per hectare with a lower CO2 impact.

Climate adapted PLUS-grasses provide more forage
For more than 35 years, DLF’s plant breeders have innovated green solutions by crossing different types of grasses.

With PLUS-grasses farmers will be able to:
  1. Achieve stability over the season
    PLUS-grasses have resilience to many external factors such as plant diseases and climate challenges like drought.
  2. Obtain a higher production per ha
    High dry matter yield provides up to 25% more forage per year and extend persistency by two years.
  3. Experience a climate tolerant grass
    PLUS-grasses are adapted to climate challenges and their deep rooting system enables them to better withstand dry periods.
Climate change is largely due to CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. An extra advantage of perennial crops with a deep rooting system is the potential to sequester carbon in the soil.
Concerning UN Sustainable Development Goals
DLF solutions are optimized to maximize output and minimize the input of other resources by being resilient to changed climate conditions. Optimised solutions from DLF reduces the global climate and environmental impact. DLF PLUS-grasses makes a unique contribution to
  • Achieve food security by increasing productivity (goal 2)
  • Take urgent action to combat climate change by carbon sequestration (goal 13)
Facts about PLUS-grasses
PLUS-grasses are a result of a complex Festulolium breeding programme that combines the best characteristics of each parent specie; Lolium and Festuca. PLUS-grasses are marketed by DLF within two main groups: Ryegrass PLUS and Tall fescue PLUS.

Festulolium is a forage grass developed by crossing Meadow Fescue (Festuca pratense) or Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea) with perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) or Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum).

Festulolium combines robustness with a high persistence and stress tolerance including a fast growth and high productivity.

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Bar Tech June 2020 - New Varieties for BarForage 2021
Harvest 2020 is a very exciting time for Barenbrug UK with crops of FIVE new forage varieties coming off ready to be used in Barforage mixtures in 2021.


A tetraploid Italian ryegrass which performs very well throughout the year but has excellent mid and late season performance and excellent ME yields. Barimax is the first Dutch, Barenbrug bred Italian ryegrass to be recommended 1st choice in Scotland and is also listed on RGCL England and Wales.


A tetraploid Hybrid ryegrass which is 7/8th perennial resulting in a yield advantage over a pure perennial but with excellent persistency. It is a high quality variety and is officially listed in England and Wales and was bred in Northern Ireland by AFBI.


An early diploid perennial ryegrass bred by AFBI in Northern Ireland. Specifically for England and Wales, Glasker performs very well under both cutting and grazing management schemes where its key feature is its excellent first cut yield and spring yields.


An intermediate diploid perennial ryegrass with a heading date of 21st May (REE 35 in Scotland) and is another fantastic variety from the British breeding programme in Northern Ireland at AFBI. Galgorm is officially listed in England & Wales and Scotland and in both cases is the highest yielding intermediate diploid available. Galgorm performs very well under both cutting and grazing management schemes providing a high yield of high-quality forage and great ME yields.


A late tetraploid perennial ryegrass, only officially listed in 2020 in both Scotland and England & Wales but a clear performer throughout its breeding and production timeline. Gracehill performs very well under both cutting and grazing management with excellent spring growth making it a great choice for swards for early turnout or silage production. Gracehill has a heading date of 1st June or REE 47 in Scotland.

Aside from Gracehill being added to the recommended list this spring, AFBI-Barenbrug bred late diploid Ballyvoy and Dutch bred Timothy Baronaise have both been added to the Scottish and English and Welsh recommended lists. Further to this, another AFBI-Barenbrug variety, intermediate diploid perennial ryegrass Strangford was added to the Scottish recommended list. These additions take the number of officially listed Barenbrug varieties in England & Wales to 24 and in Scotland, 31.

Read our articles here:

Recommended Grass & Clover Lists 2020/21

New SRUC Grass and Clover Varieties launch

The first-ever crop of Galgorm growing in Herefordshire, which will be harvested next month.

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