High Yielding & Nutritious Forage Perennial Ryegrass Varieties Ideal for Grazing Livestock

Lolium perenne
Forage perennial ryegrass is a perennial cool-season bunchgrass that is used for hay and grazing pastures. It is an ideal component in mixtures for ruminant animals due to its rapid establishment and quick regrowth. Forage perennial ryegrass is excellent for managed intensive grazing operations. Recent advances include varieties developed with elevated sugar levels.

  • Excellent drought tolerance
  • Superior yield
  • Highly palatable
  • Very nutritious
  • Great performance in pasture
  • Suitable for silage
  • Superior disease resistance
  • Excellent seedling vigor
  • Rapid establishment
  • Superior yield
  • Highly palatable
  • Excellent drought tolerance
  • Improved cold tolerance

Looking for a more temporary pasture grass option?

Perennial Ryegrass

A perennial cool-season bunchgrass that is used for hay and grazing pastures. It is an ideal component in mixtures due to its rapid establishment and quick regrowth.

Ryegrass Varieties

Annual Ryegrass
Annual Ryegrass

Annual ryegrass is usually slightly lighter in color than perennial ryegrass and has a more coarse texture. It's great for one-time, short term use.

Color
Light
Texture
Coarse
Lifecycle
One Season
Drought Tolerance
 
Heat Tolerance
 
Cold Tolerance
 
Shade Tolerance
 
Flood Tolerance
 
Low Fertility
 
Silage
 
Hay
 
Grazing
 
Stockpile
 
Annual Ryegrass
Perennial Ryegrass

More permanent as it lasts for several seasons, provides long-term erosion control and serves as a great food source for pasture-grazing animals.

Color
Medium
Texture
Fine
Lifecycle
Multiple Season
Drought Tolerance
 
Heat Tolerance
 
Cold Tolerance
 
Shade Tolerance
 
Flood Tolerance
 
Low Fertility
 
Silage
 
Hay
 
Grazing
 
Stockpile
 
Annual Ryegrass
Intermediate Ryegrass

A short-lived perennial used in mixes for overseeding warm-season grasses and for grazing or silage where some rapid establishment is needed.

Color
Dark
Texture
Wide blade
Lifecycle
One Season
Drought Tolerance
 
Heat Tolerance
 
Cold Tolerance
 
Shade Tolerance
 
Flood Tolerance
 
Low Fertility
 
Silage
 
Hay
 
Grazing
 
Stockpile
 

Disease Resistant Perennial Ryegrass

High production can be expected in the Southern US from November to May. Annual perennial tolerates close, continuous grazing extremely well.
Albion
Albion Perennial Ryegrass

Superior Yield ∙ Highly Palatable ∙ Very Nutritious ∙ Great Performance in Pastures ∙ Suitable for Silage ∙ Disease Resistance

oro verde
Oro Verde Perennial Ryegrass

Rapid Establishment ∙ Superior Yield ∙ Highly Palatable ∙ Excellent Drought Tolerance ∙ Improved Cold Tolerance

Free Book: Easy-To Read Forage Charts & Benefits

Download our free book on forage grasses and legumes with species descriptions, recommended varieties, traits, benefits, and much more.