Persistence, or continued plant density, of continental tall fescue types is largely determined by how well grazing is controlled. Coarse-leaved continental cultivars (Jesup, Dovey, and Quantum) are more tolerant of poor grazing management than softer-leaved cultivars (Milne, 2001a). The soft-leaved types, such as Advance, are more prone to damage from poor grazing management because plants are more readily eaten to low stubble levels. Mediterranean tall fescue cultivars with semierect growth habit, for example, Flecha and Resolute, are more tolerant of grazing than those with erect habits. Once tall fescue is established, 8 to 12 mo after sowing, it requires frequent grazing when there is sufficient moisture for growth. Pastures can be set stocked or rotationally grazed. If rotationally grazed, tall fescue can be eaten close to the ground (2-3 cm) while there is adequate moisture for growth. Stock must be removed within 3 d after the start of grazing, to allow leaf area to regrow and rebuild carbohydrate reserves. Although tall fescue resists pugging (trampling) better than other species, stock should be kept off pastures while soils are wet and soft, especially during the first winter after sowing. When surplus pasture growth occurs on a farm, tall fescue stands should receive priority in grazing management or mowing to prevent excess stem production, while pastures based on other species can be handled later. Temporary subdivision may be needed to achieve adequate grazing pressure; additional stock often will be needed to get the desired grazing pressure.

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