Local name: Perennial ryegrass
High palatability and digestibility make this species highly valued for dairy and sheep forage systems. As a result, it is the preferred as forage grass in temperate regions of the world. The perennial rye grass is one of the finest grasses which grow well in rich alluvial soil in a cooler climate. It does not seem to grow in the plains under Indian climatic conditions. In the Hilly areas it seems to thrive well.
Perennial ryegrass is noted for high levels of
quality, palatability, digestible energy, protein and minerals. Rye grass accumulates high levels of total
usable carbohydrates in spring and fall. Composition, however, depends largely on maturity, stage at harvest and on fertility. It contains 10.4% crude protein and 50-60% total digestible nutrients. Calcium and phosphorus content is 0.57 and 0.27%, respectively.