Maria Villagrasa & Fernando Diaz

From an economic standpoint the plant species most suitable to be consumed by livestock, are those with a high and stable biomass production, that tolerate cold, drought, and other adverse environmental factors and that in general, have not very demanding growth needs.

Fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.) is a cold season grass that meets all these criteria and is distributed throughout a wide range of climates. Native to Europe and North Africa, fescue is a widely adapted grass species with natural populations located from arid to very humid regions.

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