Environmental Plantain

Ecotain®  Environmental Plantain

Enterprise Type

Sowing Rate

10-14 kg/ha, 6-8 kg/ha in clover mix

Rainfall / Irrigation


Ecotain® environmental plantain is a mineral rich perennial grazing herb. Ecotain® is fast establishing and tolerant
to a wide range of soils. This includes less fertile soils and especially dryland regions of approximately 600 mm

Ecotain® has a deep coarse root system, which gives it a degree of drought tolerance and the ability to
respond quickly after summer dry conditions. Ecotain® pastures offer some great animal performance potential
for sheep, beef and dairy farmers, particularly in winter and spring, as well as supporting a high level of animal
health, reduced incidence of dags in sheep and good micronutrient supply. Pure stands of Ecotain® can be used
during lambing to increase lamb and ewe weights at weaning.

Ecotain® has also been shown to reduce the amount of N lost from farm systems. Ecotain® can reduce
N leaching from the urine patch by up to 89%*.

Ecotain® can be sown alone as a pure stand or recommended in perennial pasture mixes, especially medium
term, quality finishing mixes.

* NZ data: Woods, 2017 used with permission


Sowing Rates:

  • 10-14kg/ha as a pure stand
  • 5 kg/ha in a perennial pasture mix
  • 4-6 kg/ha with chicory and clover as a specialist crop
  • 4 kg/ha in a lucerne stand
  • 8 kg/ha with 2 kg/ha of forage brassica

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