The Danish Seed Council was established in 1973. The Council represents the professional interests of producers of grass, clover and horticultural seeds. The Danish Seed Council is financed by a levy of 0.2 per cent of the seed grower’s payment (?) from the company.

    The Council is a non governmental organisation and has the following three members:

    • Danish Seed Trade Association
    • Danish Horticultural Seed Association
    • Danish Seed Growers’ Association   

    The Danish Seed Council is a member of – and has offices at – The Danish Agriculture & Food Council

    The Secretariat represents the international interests of the Danish seed sector through membership of ESA, ISF and COPA.

    The main tasks of the Danish Seed Council are:

    • To promote the professional interests of the Danish seed sector within the regulatory framework of national legislation and EU regulations.

    • To coordinate and assist in the overall Research & Development activities of the Danish seed sector.

    • To be the platform for relevant information about the seed sector.

    • To support the interests of the seed sector across all agricultural organisations.

    • To be the secretariat for the Danish funds allocated to R & D in the seed sector.   

    Denmark is a leading producer of grass, clover and horticultural seeds. Danish seed growers produce around 40 % of total EU production of grass seeds, and horticultural seeds, such as spinach, chrysanthemum, cabbage, herbs and flowers, also make up a substantial part of Danish seed production.

    Danish seed production dates back several generations, and, over the years, growers and seed companies have gained detailed knowledge and considerable expertise in seed production. Also, the Danish climate favours the production of seeds

    There are approximately 5,000 seed growers in Denmark.

    Grass and clover seeds are used for the following three purposes:

    • Clover grass or pure grass blends for animal feed, in particular cattle (grazing or silage) or horses, sheep etc.

    • Professional use of lawn seed grasses for golf courses, sports facilities and grass verges.

    • Private home lawns.

    The widespread use of grass and clover requires constant development of new varieties with improved properties, such as better tolerance to sun, drought, shade, moist soil and resistance to diseases. Among the characteristics of livestock feed grass are high feed quality, improved digestibility and good growth. The important properties of lawn grasses are appearance, wear resistance, shoot density and colour.

    All production of clover and grass seeds is certified and controlled by the Danish authorities according to the EU Seed Marketing Directives.

    The Danish grass and clover seed sector comprises two companies: DLF-Trifolium and DSV Frø Danmark A/S. The major crops are Perennial Ryegrass, Red Fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass, other ryegrasses and fescues.

    The average yearly production of grasses covers a total of 80,000 hectares. The production of clover accounts for about 4,500 hectares and horticultural crops account for around 6,000 hectares per year.

    The production of seed varies from year to year, but the overall average yield per hectare is 1,100 kgs.

    More than 90% of the total production of grass, clover and horticultural seeds is exported to more than 100 countries. Exports represent an annual value of € 275 million.