Ryegrass is a highly palatable and protein-rich grass that is grown primarily for pasture and silage. It is valued for its high nutrient composition and digestibility. Due to its excellent nutritional quality it is commonly used as pasture for lactating dairy cows. Sprouted ryegrass fodder contains many of the same benefits of its more mature, pasture-grown counterpart and the feed value of ryegrass fodder is highly comparable to corn.
Feeding ryegrass fodder to livestock also offers these benefits:
- High in crude protein
- Protein and nutrients are highly digestible
- Feed value comparable to corn
Ryegrass is an excellent option for sprouting fodder, however since most of the seed production occurs in the Pacific Northwest, it may not be available in your area. Ryegrass should also not be confused with the cereal grain, rye. Alternatives to ryegrass include: