Temperate-grasses

Temperate grasses


Any farmer will tell you that what you put in to your animals determines the quality of what you get out. For the finest pasture seed, look no further than McDonalds Seeds.

 

COMMON NAME BOTANICAL NAME CULTIVAR TIME TO SOW SOWING RATE SITE PREFERENCE UTILIZATION
Westerwolds ryegrass Lolium multiflorum Tetrapoid: Diploid: Agri Hilton Mid Feb – April 20 – 25 High fertility soils. Well drained and irrigated. Withstands heavy grazing pressure. A must for dairy and fat lamb farmers. Makes excellent silage and hay.
Italian ryegrass Lolium multiflorum Tetrapoid: Diploid: Mid Feb – April Aug – Sep (Spring Planting) 20 – 25 High fertility soils. Well drained and irrigated. Withstands heavy grazing pressure. A must for dairy and fat lamb farmers. Makes excellent silage and hay.
Perennial ryegrass Lolium perenne Tetrapoid: Diploid: Nui Mid Feb – April 20 – 25 As above and also moist soils if dryland. Must have 25mm water per week throughout the year. As above. Grows well with clover. For dairy, beef fattening and fat lamb production. Graze frequently for best results to help it tiller.
Meadow fescue Festuca perenne Feb – March 15 – 20 Moist bottomland. Short growing. Mixes well with clovers. Suitable for sheep and horses.
Tall fescue Festuca arundinacea Festal / Demeter Feb – March 20 – 25 Moist bottomland and heavy soils. When mixed with clover it becomes palatable and a hardy perennial pasture. Excellent foggage.
Cocksfoot Dactylis glomerata Feb – March 15 – 20 Very adaptable, prefers southern aspect and altitude >1200m Relatively long lived perennial. Grazing and hay types available.
Kentucky bluegrass Poa pratensis Jan – April 10 – 15 Bottomland and cool shady areas. A good sheep grass and that can withstand drought better than most. Also a lawn grass.
Rescue Grass Bromus catharticus Jan – March 30 – 40 Fertile well drained soils. A heat and frost tolerant temperate grass suitable for dairy and beef farms. Excellent foggage.

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