Festulolium is one of the great success stories of modern grass-breeding science. Depending on the variety and the growing conditions, festulolium provides from 5% to 25% more forage, and one to two years' more persistency. Compared to ryegrass festulolium stands up better against winter frosts, drought, and disease; it produces a higher output, per hectare; and offers a better feed value compared to tall fescue.
Festulolium is a highly successful cross between a fescue and a ryegrass. It works because the hybrid performs better than its individual components.
At DLF, we have many decades' worth of experience in developing varieties of festulolium. As a result, we now hold an exclusive portfolio of festulolium of different types. Our research continues, of course, as we strive to improve forage yield and quality under a wide range of climates.
Ryegrass type of festulolium
Can be used as a direct replacement for Italian ryegrass, hybrid ryegrass or perennial ryegrass in mixtures for up to three years. Produces a higher yield and has better stress tolerance and persistency.
Tall fescue type of festulolium
Ideally suited to dry or stressed environments where yield and persistency are the primary drivers. Can be used as a direct replacement for tall fescue in medium- and long-term mixtures where it improves the feeding value.