Tekapo 

Cocksfoot

  • Highly persistent
  • Excellent drought tolerance
  • Suitable for set-stocking and hard rotational grazing by sheep
  • Prostrate growth habit
Farm Type
  • Sowing Rate 10 kg/ha

Grasslands Tekapo cocksfoot is an early flowering cocksfoot with proven animal production benefits over Wana cocksfoot. It is less dominating than other fine-leaved cocksfoot cultivars, allowing for a higher clover content in the sward.
 

Sowing and Establishment

Pure swards of Tekapo cocksfoot are suited to summer dry environments and should be sown at rates of 6-10 kg/ha (Superstrike® treated) with appropriate clovers and herbs. White clovers including Hilltop (small leaf white clover) or Quartz (medium leaf white clover) along with Puna II chicory are well suited to a mixed pasture sward with Tekapo cocksfoot.

In perennial ryegrass pastures, Tekapo can be included to improve summer production and persistence at sowing rates of 2-3 kg/ha. Alternatively, a cocksfoot dominated ryegrass pasture mix with rates ranging from 3-10 kg/ha is suitable for farm systems where cocksfoot is the desired dominant species.

Due to slower establishment, cocksfoot pastures should be sown Superstrike treated in early autumn or spring to ensure a rapid uniform establishment.

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

Grazing Management

Due to its slower establishment, early grazings of Tekapo cocksfoot and ryegrass mixes should be frequent and light, using large mobs to reduce competition from the ryegrass.

Example pasture mixes

Dryland Cocksfoot Dominant Mix
Tekapo cocksfoot 10 kg/ha
Hilltop white clover 4 kg/ha
Bindoon sub clover 6 kg/ha

High Fertility Cocksfoot Dominant Mix
Tekapo cocksfoot 10 kg/ha
Quartz white clover 2 kg/ha
Hilltop white clover 2 kg/ha

For increased animal performance, nitrogen fixation and pasture management, add Amigain red clover to pasture mixes at 4-6 kg/ha.

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, PGG Wrightson Seeds

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