|Quality Descriptions||Digest Green (%)||Digest Dead (%)||Legume (%)||Dead (%)||Characteristics|
|Very High||75%||45%||60%||10%||Consists of high proportion of legumes such as sub-clover, white clover, medics or lucerne.|
Grass pasture species that present are generally highly digestible perennials.
There is a very low proportion of low digestibility annuals and ‘dead’ pasture within sward.
|High||75%||45%||30%||10%||Comprised of highly digestible perennial grass species such as ryegrass, phalaris or fescue.|
Have a reasonable proportion of clover present (around 30%).
Very low amounts of ‘dead’ plant material in the pasture sward
|Medium||70%||45%||15%||20%||Typically consists of a mix of highly digestible perennial grasses and moderate to low digestibility annual grass species.|
The legume content of pasture species within the sward is typically low at 15%. The mount of ‘dead’ plant herbage generally around 20%.
|Low||65%||45%||5% or less||Up to 50%||Typically has large proportion of low digestibility species (e.g. Onion grass, silver grass).|
May contain a proportion of moderate digestibility species (e.g. Cocksfoot, barley grass).
Very low clover content.
May also have high levels of dead plant material in sward.
Pasture quality for mixed swards
Article printed December 8, 2023. For the latest version, please go to: https://www.feedinglivestock.vic.gov.au/pasture-resources/pasture-quality-for-mixed-swards/