A very persistent perennial grass that tolerates moisture stress, moderate soil fertility, set stocking situations as well as sandy and acid soils.
Cocksfoot is used to enhance the growth and persistence of permanent pastures in dry summer areas.
Moderately slow to establish, it has limited winter growth but does add to the overall feed availability as part of the feed offered. However, it has lower digestibility than most other grasses, so to get the most out of cocksfoot, good grazing management is required.
To balance a sheeps diet in summer, consider cocksfoot grown at a low rate with lucerne.