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The Seed Marketing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Higher voluntary standards for fodder seed

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26.  In the case of cocksfoot, festulolium, hybrid ryegrass, Italian ryegrass, lucerne, meadow fescue, perennial ryegrass, red clover, red fescue, sainfoin, small timothy, timothy, smooth stalked meadow grass, tall fescue and white clover, certified seed (CS) may be marketed as certified seed of a higher voluntary standard, where the sample of seed taken under paragraph 25(2) satisfies the standards specified in the following Table.

Column headerMinimum analytical purity (% by weight)Total weight of all other species (% by weight)Total weight of a single other species (% by weight)Seed of Rumex spp excluding R acetosella and R maritimusSeed of couchSeed of blackgrassLimits of other specific species
Fine grasses
festulolium981.500100
red fescue951.50.551010The sample must have no more than four seeds of ryegrass, cocksfoot, meadow fescue and 0.3% rough stalked meadowgrass
smooth-stalked meadowgrass901.50.5233Maximum of 0.4% by weight of seed of other meadowgrass
Fodder grasses
cocksfoot901.50.551010
meadow fescue, tall fescue981.50.5510100.3% rough stalked meadowgrass, 0.3% ryegrass
hybrid ryegrass, Italian ryegrass, perennial ryegrass981.50.5510100.4% annual meadowgrass, 0.3% rough stalked meadowgrass
small timothy, timothy981.50.5410100.3% Argostis spp
Small seeded legumes
lucerne, red clover, white clover981.50.51010100.3% Melitotus spp

sainfoin

981.50.5510100.3% Melitotus spp

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