Cocksfoot is a high yielding perennial grass, capable of producing up to 15 000 KG of dry matter per hectare in ideal conditions. It is great at sequestering atmospheric carbon and building soil organic matter.
Deep roots of cocksfoot species help to hold soil together and reduce erosion, making it also very drought resistant. However, cocksfoot must be regularly grazed, or it becomes coarse and unpalatable.
Cocksfoot has a high tolerance of aluminum and will also grow well in shallow soils. It does not perform well in soils that are prone to waterlogging. Cocksfoot has many subspecies that are suitable in growing in different climates.