Spring Barley is primarily used for feed production, with 87% going to the livestock sector. A significant proportion, 13%, is used for premium malting and roasting and this is expected to increase into the future. Growing malting barley has many similarities with feed spring barley but the quality parameters are more stringent.
Area and yield of spring barley 2011 - 2020
The area of spring barley has declined in recent years mainly due to an increase in the area of winter barley. Ireland’s climate is ideally suited to growing high yields of spring barley and the average yield of 8.0t/ha in 2019 was the highest ever recorded yield.
The Teagasc Spring Barley Guide is available here