‘Ecotain’ from Agricom is a natural, environmentally-friendly forage that is providing a solution to the issue of sustainability in agriculture. It is helping NZ farms to be productive and profitable while looking after the land and waterways.
Healthy plants need nitrogen, but nitrogen that leaks into our waterways causes big problems for water quality. Up to 90% of the nitrate leached from farms comes from animal urine patches, an area that’s typically highly concentrated in nitrogen.
Agricom’s Greener Pastures Project research and trials (with Massey and Lincoln Universities and Plant + Food Research) show that nitrate leaching from animal urine patches can be reduced by up to 89% using Ecotain. A reduction of this magnitude allows farms to reduce their environmental impact and maintain current levels of production. Agricom made Ecotain commercially available in 2018.