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Hidden Valley Fescue

Livestock producers need improved and high-quality forage grass varieties that can support both cattle growth and milk production but also tolerate drought and cold. 

To meet those needs, ARS scientists in Madison, WI, evaluated and released “Hidden Valley” meadow fescue, a type of flowering grass that flourishes in a wide range of habitats across the midwestern U.S.  Cattle also digest “Hidden Valley” more easily than many other grazing grasses and can eat more of it, which leads to higher weight gain and increased milk production.