Tall fescue has the ability to not only survive, but to thrive in our tough conditions. Fescues have a much deeper root system than ryegrass and also possess heat tolerance properties. Demeter Fescue was the original cultivar used and we have moved on a long way in the years since Demeter was the variety of choice. All fescue varieties need to be managed carefully in order to get the balance right between maximum stock production and plant persistence.
Mediterranean Fescues – Can be a valuable winter forage species, but they need to be managed!!! These types of fescues, if allowed will take over a pasture, especially on heavy soils, making it virtually impossible for any other pasture species to co-exist with them. The trend these days is to keep sowing rates relatively low so there can be a measure of grazing control. Needs to be very heavily stocked in spring to keep the species under control!