Native millet is a relatively desirable grass in ribbon grass pastures. It is of intermediate value in Mitchell grass pastures. It is a good coloniser of degraded black soil (5.7MB PDF) country. Native millet dominating a previously degraded Mitchell grass pasture can indicate that pasture condition is improving.
Acceptability to cattle and nutritional value are variable, though it is readily grazed when green and may be a preferred species on lighter soils. Grazed plants can provide good feed well into the dry season, when cattle will return to previously grazed plants for the relatively nutritious new shoots.
Native millet is a coarse, tussock-forming native grass that can form large clumps. It usually grows 50–100cm tall. The stems are thick and hollow. The broad flat-leaf blades have sharp edges and taper off to a pointed end. The leaves stick straight up at first but may twist and curl as they hay off. The seed head is spread out with very small paired spikelets at the end of most branchlets. The seed head is pyramid-shaped and about as wide as it is long at its widest point; the entire structure falls off the plant at maturity and it rolls along with the wind.