Fairing spring barley

Variety Overview

End-use group: Grain Distilling

Market options: UK, Full Special Use MBC Approval for Grain Distilling

Regional positioning: Bred for Scotland with contracts available with individual maltsters

Soil preference: Suitable for all soil types

Agronomics: The earliest maturing variety on the AHDB RL 2024

Parentage: 409-201 x 144-02-4

Key features: FAIRING is a spring malting barley with Full Special Use MBC Approval for Grain Distilling. It was specifically bred for this market and has high grain nitrogen content required for the end use. Agronomically, it has excellent resistance to wet weather diseases and is the earliest spring barley to mature on the AHDB Recommended List 2024.

Key Performance Statistics

We've shared the AHDB Recommended List 2024 statistics we think you might be interested in.

Agronomic features


Resistance to lodging


Straw height without PGR


(days +/- RGT Planet, -ve = earlier)

Resistance to brackling


 FAIRING 872-28


 Untreated Yield*Treated Yield*Eastern Yield*Western Yield*Northern Yield*
 FAIRING 8291909390

* % treated control

Grain quality


Specific Weight



(% through 2.25mm)


(% through 2.5mm) 


[ ] = limited data

Disease profile 




Brown rust




Kath Hamlen

Breeding Insight

FAIRING was specifically bred for the Scottish grain distilling market. It is now a popular variety in England, due to significant contracts available. It has very high grain N and big bold grain, with low screenings and high specific weight. 

Kathryn Hamlen

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