HDR (High Yielding, Digestible, and Disease Resistant) meadow fescue is developed for dairy and beef producers who are interested in providing the best energy grass for their livestock. HDR has varieties that are selected for high yields in the United States. HDR is the most digestable and high energy forage grass that can be grown in the continental climate of the U.S. that is characterized by very hot summers and very cold winters. HDR contains Pradel the most disease resistant meadow fescue variety on the market.
Although very popular in Canada, meadow fescue is seldom used in the USA. This species deserves a better place in the USA forage market. It grows under cool, moist conditions, and tolerates wet and occasionally flooded soils. Once established, it also performs well under drier conditions for making hay or silage. On good soils, meadow fescue surpasses perennial ryegrass in summer production. Meadow fescue is also a good companion to grow with alfalfa.