Pastures provide a buffet of foods for cows, horses, and sheep. Most pastures are mixed and include several different grass and legume varieties. Replanting a pasture can be as simple as feeding the grazing animals the planting seeds. They will distribute the seeds throughout the pasture in their feces and provide fertilizer for the growing grass at the same time. Here are the best pasture grass seeds for a mixed field.
Orchardgrass is a tall perennial grass that provides durable feed to livestock. It can be grown in both sun and shade and survives the cold of winter in most parts of the country. It is one of the quickest maturing grasses and re-grows quickly after grazing. Orchardgrass grows in many different soil types and does not require significant fertilization, making it a versatile pasture grass.
Tall Fescue is a bunching grass that is popular for both fresh grazing and stockpiling for winter paddock feeding. It is a tough and sturdy plant that is adaptable to many different growing conditions. In fact, it is difficult to eradicate it once it takes hold in your pasture. Tall Fescue grows quickly in the spring and can provide a significant volume of grass for winter storage.
Perennial ryegrass is found in pastures in temperate climates. It does not like extremes of temperature; either hot humid summers or cold windy winters. It will survive under a blanket of snow in the winter and produce for several seasons. This popular grass is most often used as a fresh forage grass as it does not store well. It is a favorite of grazing livestock and recovers quickly.