Professional's Choice horse pasture mixture consists of orchardgrass, timothy, endophyte-free tall fescue, and Italian ryegrass. While designed primarily for horse pasture, this mixture is often used for other livestock pastures where legumes are not desired.
When you put orchardgrass, timothy, fescue, and Italian ryegrass together you have a winning pasture combination with high production for years to come. Works well in any region of the United States except the deep South unless fall overseeding.
- 35% Mammoth orchard grass
- 25% Forager tall fescue
- 25% Zorro Italian ryegrass
- 15% Climax timothy
Climax Timothy is a winter-hardy bunchgrass that is easy to establish, and is well known for premium horse hay. Adapted to fertile, moist, medium heavy soils around the country. Responds rapidly to fertilization. Timothy mixes well in combination with other grasses and legumes. Timothy is easy to establish new pastures, and to overseed old pastures that need rejuventated.
Forager Tall Fescue
Forager was produced by a breeding program that started with selections from several public varieties and plant introductions in West Lafayette, Indiana. This variety is adapted to about the same area as Ky-31 but matures about 7 to 10 days earlier. The two varieties have similar disease resistance. Forager has consistently been the highest yielding tall fescue variety in North Carolina tests for the past several years, generally producing 8,000 to 12,000 lb of dry forage, and one year producing 14,400 lb.
Zorro Italian Ryegrass
Zorro is a tetraploid Italian ryegrass. Italian ryegrasses are generally longer lived than common annual and western types and tend to be bi-annual in nature. They are quick to establish, high yielding and being tetraploid, they are highly digestible. They are very suitable for silage, hay production and grazing. Tetila has shown improved resistance to most major diseases, including rust. Heading dates are usually late in May. Benefits include increased animal production, increased yields, palatability & intake, quick utilizaton of forage. Zorro does well in soils with a wide pH range from 5 - 8.
Mammoth Orchard Grass
Orchard grass is a rapid growing bunch grass which has the ability to grow on relatively poor soils. Orchard grass is generally the earliest maturing cool season grass. It is usually one week earlier in maturity than tall fescue and two weeks earlier than smooth brome grass. When selecting a variety consider finding a cultivar that is later in maturity and has resistance to rust. Mammoth has been grown for many years and is a top yielder. If adequately fertilized, production is distributed well through the growing season. Withstands both heat and drought. Needs lime on acidic soils.
40 to 50 lbs/acre.