Name: Westminster

WESTMINSTER is a high yielding mid to late maturity malting barley with medium to tall, stiff straw and improved head retention.  It has excellent all round disease resistance combined with excellent test weight. Westminster has all the necessary quality for the export brewing markets and has established a strong domestic malting market in many locations across Australia.  It exhibits excellent grain quality compared to current long season malting varieties. Westminster is a benchmark for HRZ malt barley varieties.

For a full fact sheet, click on this link:  Westminster & Revenue high resolution

Category: Barley

Rainfall: 450mm+

Maturity: Similar maturity to Gardnier

Key Features:

  • Malt Accredited (March 2013)
  • High yielding
  • Excellent all round disease resistance
  • Superior scald resistance compared to current commercial varieties
  • Similar maturity to Gairdner
  • Shorter straw and improved head retention by comparison to Gairdner
  • Very good grain quality (consistently high test weights and grain retention)
  • Malt markets available through several grain traders.
  • Malt segregation at storage facilities in many growing regions

Disease Resistance: 

Plant Breeders Rights & Royalty:

WESTMINSTER is protected by Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR).  Any unauthorised commercial propagation or any sale, conditioning, export, import or stocking of propagating material of this variety is an infringement under the Plant Breeder’s Rights 1994. Growers are allowed to retain seed from production of this variety for their own use as seed only. Growers are not permitted to sell, gift or trade seed in any manner to any other grower.

Westminster is subject to an EPR of $3.00/tonne (GST exclusive) payable on all grain produced (except retained seed).


WESTMINSTER has been bred by Nickerson International Research SNC, BP1, F-63720 Chappes, France and initially trialled in Australia by GrainSearch.