Cocksfoot is a very persistent perennial grass that tolerates moisture stress, moderate soil fertility, set stocking situations as well as sandy and acid soils. Cocksfoot can be used to enhance of the growth and persistence of permanent pastures in low-medium rainfall areas as a component of a pasture mix with ryegrass and clovers. It has excellent tolerance (compared to other grasses) to insects and pests.

Cocksfoot is slow to establish as the seed is small and light weight, so it has limited winter growth. However its advantage is the additional summer feed. It has lower digestibility than most other grasses, so to get the most out of cocksfoot, good grazing management is required.

  • Strong growth over all seasons
  • Very good drought and pest tolerance
  • Excellent persistence
  • Won’t cause grass staggers or heat stress
  • Very good disease resistance
  • Good compatibility with ryegrass and clover
  • Early to mid winter growth is very good, especially after a dry spring and summer.

Cocksfoot Types
Summer vs Winter Active Cocksfoot

Summer Active Winter Active
Continental Cocksfoot Mediterranean Cocksfoot
Highly summer-active
Broad leaved
Suited to higher rainfall
Growing mainly through spring, summer & autumn
High level of drought tolerance
Finer leaved
Summer dormant
Suited to drier climates
Rainfall: 650mm + p.a. .Rainfall: 425-700mm + p.a.
Kainui
Aurus
Vision
Uplands
Currie
Summadorm

TOP COCKSFOOT CHOICE

Kainui Cocksfoot

High palatability, specialist summer pasture

Kainui Cocksfoot is was bred for high yields, good compatibility within pasture mixes, and strong root development for summer dry tolerance.

Has high tiller density, and soft ryegrass-like leaves. Very good disease resistance. Well suited for inclusion in pasture mixes or as a specialist pasture in summer dry areas.

Aurus Cocksfoot

Aurus is an upright, summer active cocksfoot with strong winter growth and overall total yield. Aurus displays strong seedling vigour and establishment and with its upright growth habit is well suited to being sown with clover or lucerne in a mixed pasture sward.

Vision Cocksfoot

Vision Cocksfoot is a a high yielding cocksfoot with good winter activity and mid-season flowering. Vision has a finer stem and leaf form than some cocksfoots but is not excessively dense, allowing good compatability with other grasses and clovers. Improved disease resistance. Well suited to rotational grazing or set stocking.

Vision cocksfoot plants