Dilute: Ecotain® increases the volume of urine animals produce, which means the Nitrogen being excreted is diluted, resulting in a reduced Nitrogen load in the urine patch.
Reduce: Ecotain® reduces the amount of dietary Nitrogen which is excreted in urine, compared with ryegrass. This reduces the amount of Nitrogen released into the soil via the urine patch.
Delay: In urine patches from animals grazing Ecotain®, the conversion from ammonium to nitrate is delayed. Slower conversion allows plants a greater opportunity to uptake Nitrogen, significantly reducing the potential for leaching, especially during high rainfall events.
Restrict: The presence of Ecotain® plants in the soil reduces nitrification, likely through the effect of a biological nitrification inhibitor.
Dr Glenn Judson, Nutritional and Farm Systems Specialist says "It’s pretty exciting science when you can find four separate functions all working towards one common goal."
So, what does this mean for the Australian farmer?
By sowing Ecotain®, the only proven environmental plantain to operate using the four modes of action, farmers can benefit from pasture diversity and a high protein, mineral rich food source whilst limiting the amount of Nitrogen lost from their farm system.
"Which is great for healthy, happy stock, a good thing for your water quality and, a huge benefit to the environment". Melissa concludes.
Ecotain® environmental plantain is a great addition to your beef, sheep or dairy operation. To learn more about Ecotain®, visit dlfseeds.com.au or contact your local DLF Seeds Sales Agronomist for advice on the best Ecotain pasture mix for your operation.