# Adapted from Minneé and Lee. (2012). Proceedings of the workshop “Plantain for Northland Pastures”.
Ecotain is a blend of Tonic and AgriTonic plantain.
Using Ecotain to create diversity in ryegrass and clover-based pastures is one of the simplest options sheep and beef farmers have today. Ecotain is highly active and establishes competitively with ryegrass which is a major advantage to using it in a traditional pasture mix. Ecotain offers pasture diversity and yield at some very critical times, particularly summer, autumn and late winter and early spring. These periods coincide with the need for improved summer liveweight gain on finishing stock or hoggets, quality mating feed in autumn and critical lambing feed in early spring.
Pure stands of Ecotain can be used during lambing to increase lamb and ewe weights at weaning. The key to this use is the unique trait of high winter and early spring growth compared to other plantains.