WestminsterHarvest Declaration Form

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 good 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. Westminster is well established HRZ malt barley variety and has strong demand from much of the malting industry.

Category: Barley

Rainfall: 450mm+

Maturity: Similar maturity to Gairdner

Key Features:

  • Malt Accredited (March 2013)
  • High yielding potential
  • Good disease resistance profile including strong Powdery Mildew Resistance
  • Superior scald resistance compared to many current commercial varieties
  • Similar maturity to Gairdner
  • Very good grain quality (consistently high test weights and grain retention)
  • Malt markets available through several grain traders.


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.

Westminster barley headlines in Coopers’ Vintage Ale
By Liz Wells, 31 July 2018

Malt made from Westminster barley grown on Kangaroo Island features in Coopers Brewery’s 2018 Vintage Ale, and marks the company’s first use of single-origin malt in a seasonal beer.

For full details click on the following link.