Meadow Fescue

(Festuca pratensis)

Extremely winter hardy grass that can be grown on a range of different soil types. This combined with early spring growth and versatility makes it an excellent choice for more marginal ground.


Grazing and Hay

Sowing Rate

Up to 3kgs/acre within a mixture


Perennial 7+ Years

Sowing Period

March to August

Yield Potential

10t DM per ha.


Best used within a mixture of complimentary species. Slower recovery from grazing compared with ryegrass so care should be taken not to overgraze.

Additional Info

Can be slow to establish but it will potentially outyield perennial ryegrass on poorer areas of ground. When combined within a mixture especially with timothy it can contribute to the production of quality hay.

You can buy Meadow Fescue or in the following Mixtures:

Herbal Ley

Multispecies mixture
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Organic Mingary

Long term mainly grazing mix
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Organic Herbal Ley

Multispecies mixture
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Specie Rich Grassland - Basic

Schemes: Creation of Species Rich Grassland, EFA Margins & GS8
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Specie Rich Grassland - Diverse

Schemes: Creation of Species Rich Grassland, EFA Margins, GS8 & GS14
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GG93 Wetland Wildflower Mixture

A mixture of wildflowers of Scottish and British provenance for use in wet areas surrounding ponds, rivers and streams
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Herbal Ley Diverse Mixture

Schemes: GS4 & SAM3
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No perennial ryegrass mix
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Herbal Ley Basic Mixture

Scheme: SAM3
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Herbal Ley Diverse Grass Overseeding

Scheme: SAM3
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Low Input Grassland

Scheme: SW7
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Mat Forming + Herbs

Schemes: Cration of Water Margins & Creation of Grass Strips
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Mat Forming

Schemes: EFA Margins (EFAM), AHL4 & IGL3
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Basic Margin Mix

Schemes: Creation of Grass Strips, AHL3, AHL4 & IGL3
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Habitat Strips

Schemes: SW3 & SW4
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Intensive Grassland Mixture

Scheme: SW8
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Wetland Mixture

Schemes: GS11 & GS12
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