Bounty Annual ryegrass continues to produce later into the fall season than many other forage species. High digestibility, along with high protein, should occur until late April or early May. Once into May, plants become stemmy and lose palatability. Both close grazing and rotational grazing help maintain high quality, improve yield, and increase the intake of grazing animals. In the late vegetative stages, seventy percent total digestible nutrients and ten to sixteen percent crude protein are common. High quality is still available in the early stages of seedhead development, but later in the season, both quality and palatability decline. Establishment and readiness for grazing can be determined when plants have 3 – 4 leaves and cannot be easily pulled out of the ground. Bounty Annual ryegrass supports a growing cow and calf’s nutritional requirements per acre. Endophyte fungus problems are not an issue with Bounty annual ryegrass.
Earliest Time To Graze: 6″ – 12″