Feedstuffs - Pasture & Hay Forages

Tall Fescue

Tall Fescue

  • Deeply rooted, strongly tuffed, cool season perennial bunchgrass with short rhizomes.
  • Can grow to heights of 2 to 4 feet in seed head stage.
  • Tolerant of soil acidity, low fertility, and poor drainage, and relatively tolerant of drought and overgrazing.
  • Susceptible to endophyte fungus infection which aids in plant survival, but reduces animal performance.
  • Most widely used for pasture especially winter grazing.
  • Annual yields = 2-4 tons DM/acre

Average Nutrient Content

  • Ruminant TDN - 45-60%
  • Crude Protein = 10-15%
Physical Description - leaves are shiny, dark green, thick, wide, and ribbed with prominent veins and no obvious ligule; emerging leaves are rolled in the bud.

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