Italian ryegrass - lolium multiflorum -

Italian ryegrass is one of the best feed plants. Under ideal conditions it can be cropped up to six times for summer stall feeding or to make hay and silage for winter feeding. The speedy growth of Italian ryegrasses means that you will gain two to four weeks advance over grassland if you grow them on any arable soil with an adequate water supply, and you will get two or three more crops a year. If you sow in good time after harvesting your main crop, you can get a cut for feed that autumn.