Forage Tall Fescue is a perennial grass used to produce feed for livestock, commonly referred to as just Fescue, it is easy to establish, tolerant to different styles of management and is a good yielder of forage. Fescue grows well over a long period of the year. The stands can persist and be productive for several years. The dense sod helps with damage from animal traffic in winter and early spring. It is drought-tolerant because it has a deep root system but it is also tolerant of wet soils, soil acidity and alkalinity, and is also resistant to some pests.
The new varieties of fescue are like a new species of forage grasses. One should give them real consideration when establishing new pastures and hay land. They are much more palatable and have the ability to be the highest yielding forage grass of the temperate species.
Brutus Tall Fescue is out of the newest generation of forage fescue. Brutus was selected for large, long leaves. Consequently, it is very palatable to livestock. It is a very high yielding forage with excellent protein levels and low endophyte levels. You grazing animals adapt quickly to Brutus. Notice in the pictures below, comparing Brutus regrowth to K-31 in dry conditions.
Brutus matures 10 days later than fawn fescue in most growing areas. Animals make excellent gains and milk production on Brutus due to the amount of forage they will consume because it has such a soft leaf.
"When asked to compare the 'Glass Drive fescue' [Brutus] to normal summer time grasses, my first thought was its ability to stay green. As the Willamette Valley heats up, most of our sheep pastures begin to dry out and stop growing, while this grass keeps moving forward. This good fescue was a blessing to have around, not only because it kept our sheep alive, but they were even able to put on weight throughout the summer. This makes an excellent pasture crop and we would be excited to see more of it grown."
- Laura Wahl, Wahl Livestock LLC