BioAg, based in Narrandera NSW Australia, manufacture solid natural phosphate-based fertilisers, efficiency and yield enhancing liquid microbial fermented cultures, and effluent digesters which are supplied in tailored programs to suit individual farm or grower requirements.
The uniqueness of BioAg products is that they not only deliver traditional nutrient inputs (phosphorous, potassium, calcium, lime, gypsum etc) but at the same time deliver a range of vitamins, other nutrients, and ‘good bugs’ (bacteria, fungi etc) that are the same as those naturally occurring within healthy soils.
The boost of good bugs to the soils means crops and pastures have increased access to nutrients and moisture within the soils as well as a range of other benefits such as increased tolerance to disease.
BioAg products are perfectly suited to traditional farming enterprises but also to those looking to increase the sustainability of their land.
The BioAg range includes approved inputs for organic farmers and growers.
BioAg is Australian owned and operated, and in 1999 as part of its commitment to rural communities chose to commence operation in the picturesque town of Narrandera which is home to both the BioAg head office as well as the liquid product manufacturing plant.
The solid products are manufactured at our quarry facility based in Geelong, Victoria.
BioAg was formed in March 1999 by directors, Jeptha Gates and Anton Barton, the former a renowned American biological farming consultant, and the latter a long time advocate of biological farming practices and distributor of biological nutritional products in Australia.
When they met, Jep Gates had spent 10 years developing and working with liquid organic composted cultures in the Mississippi Valley.
Anton Barton identified the value of such technology, and the benefits of its application to Australian conditions.
They formed BioAg to provide sound biological programs for soil and plants, and to manufacture the necessary nutrients not readily available through conventional supply chains.
One of the key drivers behind the establishment of the business was the identification of a growing number of farmers looking to “do it better” by incorporating the principals of biological farming into their conventional farming operations, and needing the inputs to achieve their goals.
A trial plant was established at Ballandry Station, near Yenda in the Riverina region of NSW.
Biological nutrients were produced here as the client base grew.
The customers were widely spread throughout the eastern states and Western Australia.
By the year 2000 it became apparent that the business was outgrowing the Ballandry plant, and a search began for a new site.
The Redhill Industrial Estate at Narrandera (NSW) was identified as the best location to set up greenfields production facility, with its primary attraction being easy freight access to and from all parts of Australia, as the town is located at the junction of the north-south Newell Highway and the east-west Sturt Highway.
Other considerations included local access to labour and trade services in the Narrandera Shire.
The new factory was completed in 2003, and production capacity has been added continually as demand has grown.
BioAg’s headquarters are located in a beautiful historic building in the heart of the town which has been restored to its former glory.
It now houses office suites, conference rooms and laboratories, and will cater for the needs of the company’s expansion for many years to come.
BioAg’s growing agronomic support team now has a network of qualified Territory Managers throughout the eastern states of Australia (NSW, VIC, TAS and SA) and supports an extensive dealer network.
Markets we operate in
Our domestic markets comprise the broadacre cropping, pasture, horticultural and dairy segments throughout the eastern seaboard of Australia, from southern Queensland to Tasmania.
Distributors in your region are located on the Contact Us page of our site.
BioAg Limited is our joint-venture company, based at Napier on the east coast of the North Island, and servicing the viticulture, horticulture and pasture segments of the market. The business was established in 2007.
Our United Kingdom distributor is Thomson & Joseph Ltd, based in Norwich, servicing the dairy sector with Digest-it® for Dairies since 2009.
BioAg’s manufacturing facilities BioAg’s fertilisers, yield enhancers, organic range, and effluent and dairy digesters ranges are all made at our Australian based manufacturing facilities in Narrandera NSW and Geelong Vic.
Manufacturing our Solid Fertilisers Range Our highly successful BioAgPhos® range of fertilisers is uniquely created by biologically digesting high-quality reactive phosphate rock (RPR).
At our site at Batesford Quarry, outside Geelong, we treat the RPR with a biological digester maufactured at our Narrandera plant.
This process releases the phosphorus making it plant-available, both immediately, and for continuous release.
Batesford Quarry also produces a soft, fine high-grade agricultural lime used in cropping, pasture, horticulture and viticulture applications.
Manufacturing our Liquid Nutrient and other products BioAg’s liquid nutritional products are produced at its modern fermentation plant at Narrandera (NSW).
The factory was purpose built, and caters to the continuing expanding needs of the business, the most recent acquisition being a high capacity packaging line.
The Narrandera plant manufacturers our liquid nutrient (yield enhancement) range, our liquid organic range, and our effluent and stubble digesters.
Board of Directors
|Trudi Barton, Company Secretary
Managing Director (Executive Director)
Anton has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and business management within the agribusiness and industrial sectors. He is responsible for sales management, marketing and administration. Born and raised on a large sheep station in western Queensland, Anton has a deep empathy for agriculture and its people.
Bachelor of Chemical Engineering
Martin has over 25 years experience in the Australian and Global fertiliser industry; including executive and directors roles in fertiliser manufacture and supply, and global trading. As well as experience from senior roles in industrial chemicals manufacture and trade and FMCG (fast moving consumer goods).
BioAg Management Team
Martin Metz Chief Operating Officer
Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Martin has over 25 years experience in the Australian and Global fertiliser industry; including executive and directors roles in fertiliser manufacture and supply, and global trading. As well as experience from senior roles in industrial chemicals manufacture and trade and FMCG (fast moving consumer goods). | Email
Managing Director (Executive Director)
MBA Anton has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and business management within the agribusiness and industrial sectors. He is responsible for sales management, marketing and administration. Born and raised on a large sheep station in western Queensland, Anton has a deep empathy for agriculture and its people. | Email
Content Marketing Manager
Miriam is a digital content marketing specialist with a strong background in creating, editing and publishing content for print and digital across a range of sectors, for government, education and not for profits. Email Miriam
BioAg Administration Team
Courtney joined us in 2016 and brings with her a very strong suite of skills obtained through her previous roles in business administration. She is the person you will probably meet first when you call us, as she answers your phone calls, takes your orders and deals with the logistics of supply.
Kiki joined us in 2018. Kiki is the person you will probably meet first when you call us, as she answers your calls, takes your orders and deals with the logistics of supply.
Barry has been a member of the BioAg team since the Narrandera liquid products factory was completed in 2003. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of it and the solid products installation at Geelong. His responsibilities include production, scheduling, logistics, quality management, staff management and maintenance (and all of those things which beset a factory manager).
Assistant Factory Manager
Manager, Batesford Operations