Ribwort plantain is palatable to cattle (Kozowski et al., 1999). It is recommended in pastures including grasses and legumes as it may improve the Cu content (Bilbao et al., 2007). However, it is less consumed than a large variety of grasses or legumes, such as prairie grass, kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum), alfafa (Medicago sativa) or white clover (Trifolium repens) (Horadagoda et al., 2009).
In calves, ribwort plantain reduced egg output of gastrointestinal parasites and allowed a slight increase in live weight (Sievers et al., 2006).
In sheep grazing swards of white clover, ribwort plantain was fairly palatable (Clark et al., 1985). It proved to be suitable in combination with grass in swards to sustain growth in finishing lambs (Moorhead et al., 2002). It may also be recommended as an alternative to hay (Al-Mamun et al., 2007). However, compared to chicory (Cichorium intybus), it supported less live-weight gain and lower hot carcass weights (Fraser et al., 1996; Deaker et al., 1994). It had less effect than chicory in reducing lamb parasites (Knight et al., 1996).