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.
Summer vs Winter Active Cocksfoot
|Summer Active||Winter Active|
|Continental Cocksfoot||Mediterranean Cocksfoot|
Suited to higher rainfall
Growing mainly through spring, summer & autumn
|High level of drought tolerance
Suited to drier climates
|Rainfall: 650mm + p.a.||.Rainfall: 425-700mm + p.a.|
TOP COCKSFOOT CHOICE
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 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 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.