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Ecotain - Delay

Urine Patch (Delay)

Ecotain can slow the nitrification process, giving plants more opportunity to uptake N, which reduces the possibility of leaching.

Urine patch N loss
  • The animal urine patch is the main source of N loss from agricultural grazed pasture systems (up to 90%). This is because the N deposited in these areas generally far exceeds the needs of the plants or their ability to uptake the N.
  • Urinary N loading is determined by N intake, but can be modulated with the use of Ecotain which reduces N concentration as described in the DILUTION and REDUCE sections. 
Slower ammonium/nitrate conversion
  • Recent research by Plant and Food Research as part of the Greener Pastures project has determined that urine from Ecotain-fed animals has a slower nitrification process in the soil, compared to urine produced from other feeds. This means plants have more time to uptake N and there is less potential for leaching.
  • The urine from Ecotain-fed animals showed significantly lower nitrate levels during the first 21 days of the experiment (Graph below). 
  • For this characteristic not all plantain varieties were effective, with some providing no additional benefit compared to ryegrass in the speed of nitrate accumulation.
Production of nitrate-N in the soil over an incubation period of 42 days following the application of urine (800 mg N/kg soil) from either grass or Ecotain-fed sheep. The soil (control) treatment received no N.
Production of nitrate-N in the soil over an incubation period of 42 days following the application of urine (800 mg N/kg soil) from either grass or Ecotain-fed sheep. The soil (control) treatment received no N.

NSentinel 4 & Ecotain

Nitrogen management with the power of 4.