For five years now, Angus beef farmers David and Robin McDonald have been using Balance & Grow on their 330ha property (pictured), near Myrtleford in Victoria.

Specifically used to boost plant health and growth during the vegetative stages of a crop or pasture, Balance & Grow’s unique formulation includes amino acids, proteins and enzymes, as well as a highly complex fermented microbial culture. This combination, along with carbohydrates and growth promoters, provides food to help replenish and activate the natural microflora of the plant and soil. This, in turn, increases nutrient uptake, such as calcium and phosphorous, and stimulates plant growth and stress coping mechanisms.

The McDonald’s use 2L/ha of Balance & Grow, along with ProGibb and a small amount of nitrogen. David applies annually, particularly during the colder winter months of June and July, when pasture growth is at its slowest.

Backed by trial work, this combination proves to be an effective method for gaining extra dry matter and biomass while improving feed quality, and plant health. Independently each component has an effect but when combined, particularly Balance & Grow and ProGibb, the effects multiply.

David also uses BioAgPhos, which he blends with gypsum, to apply to his pastures as a natural source of phosphorous, sulphur, and calcium. The whole program helps him maintain excellent productivity and animal health.