Research & Development

Research & Development

Cressy Research Station


Years of Research

Our commitment to research

At Upper Murray Seeds we have a strong commitment to developing innovative pasture and forage crop cultivars suited to the wide range of climates experienced across Australia and around the world.

Located in the Tasmanian midlands, the Cressy Research Station is the home of Upper Murray Seeds world-class research and development program.

Always Growing


For over 20 years, the Upper Murray Seeds team of qualified and experienced researchers have been breeding and trialling different varieties of pasture and forage seed under authentic farming conditions. A major focus of the program is to continually increase productivity and profitability for the Australian farmer.


In 2018, Upper Murray Seeds R&D program expanded significantly with the establishment of the UMS Cressy Research Station in the Tasmanian midlands. This centre of excellence is where new varieties are developed and assessed under a system of replicated trial plots and broader grazing trials to measure specific traits such as yield, palatability and persistence prior to the release of any new variety.


The future of Upper Murray Seeds is both exciting and challenging, as we continue to grow and invest in breeding new pasture varieties suited to Australia’s variable climate and more extreme conditions.

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Cressy Research Station Open Day

On Thursday 10 December 2020 the UMS Cressy Research Station was officially opened by the Hon Guy Barnett MP Minister for Primary Industries & Water, Energy, Resources and Veterans Affairs. Over 60 local growers and industry representatives joined us on the day, as we unveiled the official plaque and showed off our extensive research and development program.

Plant Breeders Rights

The Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) logo is the hallmark of authenticity and the rights are a form of intellectual property (IP), like patents or trade marks. When we develop a new plant variety, we protect our IP with PBR.

Plant Breeders Rights are granted to the breeder of a new variety to give the breeder exclusive control over the propagating material and harvested material of a new variety for a number of years.

With these rights, the breeder can choose to become the exclusive marketer of the variety, or to license the variety to others. In order to qualify for these exclusive rights, a variety must be new, distinct, uniform and stable.