Pasture quality for mixed swards

Quality DescriptionsDigest Green (%)Digest Dead (%)Legume (%)Dead (%)Characteristics
Very High75%45%60%10%Consists of high proportion of legumes such as sub-clover, white clover, medics or lucerne.
Grass pasture species that present are generally highly digestible perennials.
There is a very low proportion of low digestibility annuals and ‘dead’ pasture within sward.
High75%45%30%10%Comprised of highly digestible perennial grass species such as ryegrass, phalaris or fescue.
Have a reasonable proportion of clover present (around 30%).
Very low amounts of ‘dead’ plant material in the pasture sward
Medium70%45%15%20%Typically consists of a mix of highly digestible perennial grasses and moderate to low digestibility annual grass species.
The legume content of pasture species within the sward is typically low at 15%. The mount of ‘dead’ plant herbage generally around 20%.
Low65%45%5% or lessUp to 50%Typically has large proportion of low digestibility species (e.g. Onion grass, silver grass).
May contain a proportion of moderate digestibility species (e.g. Cocksfoot, barley grass).
Very low clover content.
May also have high levels of dead plant material in sward.