Perennial ryegrass is a key component to most grass seed mixtures and is the most widely sown grass species. It establishes quickly, responds well to fertiliser N and is highly acceptable to stock. It combines good production with excellent persistency especially through the intermediate and later varieties. It responds well to cutting and grazing and can be made into silage, hay or haylage. Perennial ryegrass is most easily identified by the red base to its tillers and the shiny underside to its leaves.
Silage/ Hay/ Grazing
Perennial 7+ Years
March to September
14t DM per ha
Perennial ryegrass will benefit from being rotationally grazed and should look to introduce stock between the two and three leaf stage. Silage cuts should be taken when there is 50% ear emergence in the sward.
Perennial ryegrass has had a long-term breeding programme firstly focusing on dry matter yields and then moving onto quality and other agronomic parameters. This research and development make perennial ryegrass a strong choice for inclusion within any grass sward.