Cocksfoot (Dactylis glomerata) is a very persistent perennial grass that tolerates summer dry conditions, moderate soil fertility, insect attack and continual set stocking.
Cocksfoot is used to enhance the growth and persistence of permanent pastures in summer dry areas. It also adds variety to the stock diet.
Traditionally seeding rates of cocksfoot were kept low in a mix, because old cocksfoot cultivars would dominate pastures, reducing clover levels and digestibility. New fine leaved cocksfoot cultivars are much more compatible with ryegrass, giving better long term pastures.
Cocksfoot is quite slow to establish and has lower digestibility than most other grasses. Cocksfoot has limited winter growth but good summer growth