The value of cocksfoot is its ability to persist and be productive in dry, moderately fertile, light and free-draining soils. As an endophyte-free pasture, it can be a good summer pasture for the grazing of sheep, cattle and dry stock (if managed to minimise seedhead development and maintain clover content). It is an option to be considered in areas where ryegrass persistence is unachievable. Cocksfoot exhibits better drought tolerance and improved tolerance to acidic soils, compared with perennial ryegrass and tall fescue. It is best suited to areas of 600 mm+ rainfalls.

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