Cocksfoot (Dactylis glomerata)
This well-known perennial forms clumps when left to mature. It grows early in the spring and has a comprehensive root structure travelling to depth and therefore thrives on light, free-draining soil. It is equally at home on soils prone to flooding. Cocksfoot harbours insects and is a good choice for this reason alone. However, due to its dominant presence in the sward, it is best to restrict its usage in mixtures. It is palatable only when grazed frequently (1,000,000 seeds per kg).