Feedstuffs - Pasture & Hay Forages

Orchardgrass

Orchardgrass

  • Long-lived perennial bunchgrass that forms dense circular bunches.
  • Can grow to heights of 2 to 4 feet in seed head stage.
  • High quality, high yielding, palatable forage that is well-suited for use in mixtures with Alfalfa and Red Clover.
  • Shade tolerant, moderately heat and cold resistant, but not tolerant of close cutting or continuous grazing.
  • Annual yields = 2-4 tons DM/acre

Average Nutrient Content

  • Ruminant TDN = 55-70%
  • Crude Protein = 8-12%
Physical Description - bluish color leaves with leav veins less prominent than those for tall fescue; stems are flattened at base; leaves emerge along the midrib of the leaf folded in half.

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