Tall Fescue is a deep rooted, robust perennial grass that is suited to a wide range of conditions and soils, and is tolerable of water logging, salinity and hot dry periods. Optimum performance is under medium to high rainfall or irrigation, however it is an excellent option where summer moisture may limit persistence or yield of perennial ryegrass.

Whilst Tall Fescue is slow to establish, if managed correctly it is an excellent high quality and digestible pasture base when combined with cocksfoot, phalaris and clovers.

There are two types of tall fescue, with distinctly different seasonal growth patterns;

Summer Active: Also known as temperate varieties, summer active tall fescue exhibits high spring and summer growth – being more tolerant of the hot summer conditions, poorly drained & saline soils (such as clay soils) compared to perennial ryegrass.

Winter Active: Also known as Mediterranean varieties, winter active tall fescue exhibits strong winter and spring production and better feed quality than summer active plants. It is best suited to dryland, lighter soils.

Key benefits

  • Excellent winter and early spring growth
  • Fast establishing feed
  • Excellent pasture quality
  • Suited to double cropping programs
  • Early and late season feed varieties


Resolute Winter Active Tall Fescue

Produces excellent winter growth and is highly palatable. Resolute winter active tall fescue provides improved palatability over traditional phalaris based pastures. A proven performer it also delivers better persistence over perennial ryegrass pastures.

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Quantum II MaxP Tall Fescue

SUMMER ACTIVE, HIGH YIELDING PROVIDING QUALITY FEED WITH IMPROVED LEAF SOFTNESS. An excellent option where summer moisture may limit the yield of perennial ryegrass

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Also available from Notman Pasture Seeds