Its growth in erect tussocks—explaining its name—makes cutting easy while the grass remains tender, even when mature. Ideal as cut-and-carry grass and for both hay and silage production, Cobra responds well to fertilization in intensive systems.
The Cobra hybrid is the best alternative to achieving high green and dry matter production in intensive cut-and-carry grass systems, not only offering fresh grass to livestock but also producing hay and silage. This hybrid has also proven to be highly efficient for cattle grazing when farms need to increase the amount of grass available for animal consumption.
Cobra grass has the ability to produce green matter to feed animals in a relatively short time, presenting a high growth rate in cuttings at 45-day intervals, surpassing other forages such as sorghum and maralfalfa.
Its quality and production translate into improved animal production due to the increased availability of forage offering high-quality protein and excellent digestibility.
Growth and production
In trials carried out at the Tropical Pastures Research Center (CIPAT) in Mexico as well as in trials in Costa Rica, the dry matter production of Cobra increases when cutting is conducted at 30–45 days, surpassing that of forage sorghum, maralfalfa, and Mulato II.
Cobra’s advantage over other cut-and-carry forages is that it not only produces a greater amount of forage with high protein content, but also presents high digestibility (69%) and palatability. Animals therefore prefer this hybrid over other forages such as maralfalfa or forage sorghum.
Type of growth
Cobra grass, unlike Mulato II and Cayman, has an erect growth habit with well-defined tussocks, which is ideal for cut-and-carry.
This type of growth allows it to quickly recover from both cutting and grazing.
|Tolerance to drought||Good|
|Tolerance to shade||Poor|
|Tolerance to grazing||Poor|
|Hay and Silage||Excellent|
|Resistance to spittlebug attack||Very Good|
Cobra grass adapts to well-drained soils of medium-to-high fertility.
Due to drought stress, most Brachiaria grasses flower early.
Cobra grass does not tolerate prolonged waterlogging.
Paddock appraisal is a practice that helps us calculate the volume of grass produced per unit area.
Careful data recording is important in all measurement processes.
This grass is easy to handle because its stems are not thick and do not have high water content like those of marafalfa.
HIGHLY PALATABLE AND DIGESTIBLE. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THERE IS NO NEED TO CHOP THIS GRASS.
IT IS EASY TO TRANSPORT.