Safin

Cocksfoot

  • Super fine leaved cocksfoot
  • 40-50% higher tiller density than most other cocksfoots
  • Increased early spring production with high total DM
  • Suits lambing and calving patterns in medium rainfall dryland systems
  • Reliable, palatable summer feed where moisture is available

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    Safin is an innovative super-fine leaved cocksfoot which will change perceptions about this grass. Traditional cocksfoot gained a bad reputation for becoming clumpy, unpalatable and dominating swards. Safin looks almost as fine as ryegrass, an exciting development for dryland farms.

    A key feature of Safin is its increased early spring production. DM growth is critical through lambing or calving for dryland farming systems, to finish stock prior to potential summer dry conditions. Safin is noticeably faster to get away in spring than other cocksfoots.

     

    Variety

    Rainfall

    Soil pH

    Soil types

    Safin

    400mm- 600mm+

    4.0-8.0 

    Light / free draining types 

     

    Preparation and Establishment:

    As cocksfoot plants are slow to establish, paddock preparation is extremely important. Any (weedy) winter grasses need to be controlled before sowing. Spray topping in the spring prior to sowing is often effective. Failure to ensure proper weed management can result in either partial or complete failure of the stand.

    Plants will benefit from light grazing during the first 6–8 months after an autumn sowing, provided the root system has developed adequately. Light rotational grazing will encourage root development and allows it to compete with any legume which may have been sown as a companion species.

     

    Grazing Management:

    In summer dry areas, avoid over grazing during the spring/summer period. If grazing with sheep, extra care must be taken through dry periods as they can damage young and established crowns due to cocksfoot’s erect growth habit. Poor management will lead to reduced plant numbers and persistence.

    Cocksfoot pastures grazed with sheep should be rotated frequently so as not to allow the sheep to continually graze close to the crown. Over grazing during this period, in combination with moisture stress, can cause the stand to thin out significantly and allow weed invasion. This is particularly the case for summer-dormant (Mediterranean) types such as Kasbah.

    Intermediate types such as Howlong and Porto, due to moderate capacity for summer growth, will require some level of summer grazing pressure to be applied. If this is not done, plants may become tall and rank as the autumn period approaches, thus reducing the quality of the overall pasture Summer active types such as Safin are now being introduced to offer productivity in lower fertility areas subject to summer rain or complimented by irrigation. Safin may be readily grazed as part of a mixed pasture in a summer active sward.

     

    Performance:

     

    Cocksfoot

    A true perennial that suits lighter, well drained soils. It is the most acid-soil tolerant grass & will produce well where many other grasses struggle. It is generally used in low-medium rainfall areas as a component in a pasture mix with clovers and other grasses.