Crested Dogstail traditionally been a grazing grass and can be found in abundance in sheep pastures. Crested dogstail grows well late into the season when other grasses have halted their growth.
The wiry spikelet of crested dogstail is often by-passed by livestock, allowing regular reseeding. Its leafy lower growing leaves are palatable particularly for sheep.
Crested dogstail has good cold tolerance and it can stay green long in the winter.