Cocksfoot
Dactylis glomerata L.
Click on the cultivar name below for product characteristics COMPARISON CHART
Image Cultivar Type Production period Morphological description Crop strengths Feeding value Production potential Crop uses Soil requirement Establishment
Donata Temperate, Grass Perennial, Winter

Robust, strongly tufted, branched, less erect form

Grows up to 0.6 – 1.5 m tall, deep root system

Leaf blades green to bluish green; v-shaped near base; tapering to narrow tip; folded when young;         4.5 – 11.5 cm x 6 mm, hairless

Ellipsoid seeds; pale grey brown; 3 mm; 95 000 – 1 300 000 seeds/kg

Once established, highly competitive and persistent

High feeding quality

Improved digestibility

Ideal partner in mixtures

Crude protein: 12 – 22 %

Digestibility: 60 – 78 %

Dry matter production: 6 - 16 t/ha/annum Hay or silage, green chop & pasture

Prefers well-drained fertile soils, shallow or deep, clay to gravely loam and sandy soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.5

Plant between March – May; September – October

Sowing rate: 4 – 5 kg/ha alone, 1 – 2 kg/ha in a mix


Megatas Temperate, Continental: summer active grass, Tetraploid Perennial, Summer

Robust, strongly tufted, branched, more prostate form 0.6 – 1.5 m tall, deep root system

Leaf blades green to bluish green; v-shaped near base; tapering to narrow tip; folded when young;            4.5 – 11.5 cm x 6 mm, hairless

Ellipsoid seeds; pale grey brown; 3 mm; 95 000 – 1 300 000 seeds/kg

Once established, highly competitive and persistent

Free of any toxic substances, no anti-nutritional compounds

High tiller density, highly summer active

High metabolisable energy

Crude protein: 12 – 22 %

Digestibility: 60 – 78 %

Dry matter production: 6 - 16 t/ha/annum Hay or silage, green chop & pasture

Prefers well-drained fertile soils, shallow or deep, clay to gravely loam and sandy soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.5

Plant between March – May; September – October

Sowing rate: 6 – 8 kg/ha alone, 2 – 3 kg/ha in a mix


Uplands Temperate, Meditarranean Perennial, Winter

Robust, strongly tufted, branched, upright growth habit, tetraploid

Grows up to 0.6 – 1.5 m tall, deep root system

Leaf blades green to bluish green; fine; v-shaped near base; tapering to narrow tip; folded when young; 4.5 – 11.5 cm x 6 mm, hairless

Ellipsoid seeds; pale grey brown; 3 mm; 95 000 – 1 300 000 seeds/kg

Once established, highly competitive and persistent

Highly autumn / winter active, drought and cold tolerant

High energy, digestibility and nutritive value

Crude protein: 12 – 22 %

Digestibility: 60 – 78 %

Dry matter production: 6 - 16 t/ha/annum Hay or silage, green chop & pasture

Prefers well-drained fertile soils, shallow or deep, clay to gravely loam and sandy soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.5

Plant between March – May; September – October

Sowing rate: 4 – 5 kg/ha alone, 2 – 3 kg/ha in a mix