Tekapo

Cocksfoot

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Tekapo cocksfoot
  • Scientifically shown to improve animal performance
  • Highly persistent
  • Excellent drought tolerance
  • Suitable for set-stocking and hard rotational grazing by sheep

Farm Type
  • Sowing Rate 32 kg/ha
Grasslands Tekapo cocksfoot is an early flowering cocksfoot with proven animal production benefits over Wana cocksfoot. It is less dominating than other fineleaved cocksfoots, allowing for a higher clover content in the sward.

Sowing & Establishment

Grasslands Tekapo cocksfoot should be sown in early autumn or spring at a rate of 5-8 kg/ha with Superstrike treated clover or added to a perennial pasture mix at 2-3 kg/ha. White clovers such as Grasslands Tahora II small -medium leaf white clover, or Bounty medium leaf white clover should be sown with Grasslands Tekapo cocksfoot.

Grasslands Tekapo cocksfoot is best suited to low to medium fertility soils.


  • Soil Fertility Low (Olsen P 10-18)
  • Pasture Life 5 years+

Grazing Management

Due to its slower establishment, early grazings of Grasslands Tekapo cocksfoot and ryegrass mixes should be frequent and light, using large mobs to reduce competition from the ryegrass. For best results with Grasslands Tekapo cocksfoot, maintain the pasture in a short and leafy state.


Wayne Nichol
“Cocksfoot has long been recognised for its agronomic attributes in dryland farming situations. Relative to ryegrass, it has an ability to cope with summer dry conditions, and tolerate grazing by key pasture pests such as Grass Grub and Porina. Tekapo is a prostrate cocksfoot but unlike the traditional Wana was bred for reduced ‘clumping’.”
wayne nichol, Extension agronomist and nutritionist

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