Cocksfoot (Dactylis glomerata) is a moderately deep-rooted perennial grass, originating in Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia. It was introduced to Australia (probably accidentally) in the early days of European settlement, and had become naturalised in areas of NSW and Victoria by the 1850s. Recent breeding programs have shown that cocksfoot can be successfully grown in medium and medium-low rainfall areas, as well as high rainfall areas. The critical factor is to choose a variety that is best suited to the climatic region.

This Primefact contains information on the following:

  • Description
  • Adaptation
  • Current varieties
  • Superseded or difficult to obtain varieties
  • Establishment and management
  • Herbage production and nutritional quality


Primefact 281

Published: Jul 2007