Sheep and pasture

Poll Dorset stud record – “This is as good as we’ve seen”

In early October 2018, the Galpin family sold one May 2017-drop Poll Dorset (used as a ram lamb) for $5200, a figure which achieved a new stud record for the South Australian-based pasturalist family. Below: watch David Galpin talking about his BioAg pasture fertiliser program (30 sec video). The sale, at their property “Warrawindi” near Penola in South Australia, was the Galpins 14th annual on-property sale, was described as “outstanding” by the auctioneers, resulted in a total clearance across all the three breeds, and also a lift in the three averages. While the sale was obviously a win for the Galpin’s, BioAg’s South Australian Area Manager Phil Toy was feeling something similar, since David Galpin has been a customer of Phil’s since 2014. Both David and BioAg share the belief that sol tests are a very effective tool when determining the correct inputs for any pasture, along with quantities and timing. Galpin/BioAg fertiliser program summary …

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Potential for a short Spring [Act Now]

Strong, plentiful and healthy pasture in Spring is key for maximising your profit from this type of enterprise. Both new and established pastures benefit from the more favourable growing conditions (warmth and moisture), while it is up to us to ensure that soils are healthy and nutrient needs are addressed. Nutrient deficiencies occur in Spring largely due to the conditions they have just experienced in Winter. Higher rainfall can increase the leaching and lock-up of any previously applied water soluble nutrient, while colder temperatures can increase the mortality of beneficial microbes normally present in healthy soils. Addressing soil health and nutrient needs now delivers numerous benefits to pastures: It improves the quality and quantity of grazed feed, and conserved feed (silage and hay) It allows us to increase and maintain stocking rates It improves the digestibility and palatability of grazing, silage and hay feed It creates the circumstances that deliver …

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Growing Pasture

Growing Pasture was last modified: February 10th, 2019 by BioAg

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Top 6 tips for growing Spring pasture

Strong, plentiful and healthy is what we should be aiming for in Spring pastures. This is key to conserving feed for Summer, as well as maximising your profits. If you’re amongst the lucky ones who received good Winter rains, then both your new and established pastures will benefit from the more favourable growing conditions of Spring (warmth and moisture). During Spring, pastures enter the reproductive growth phase and on most farms, this growth will be the peak growth for the year. The key goals for the pastoralist during Spring is to ensure that soils are functioning efficiently and that nutrient deficiencies are addressed, while addressing these issues in the most economical fashion. What condition is your pasture in come Spring? Nutrient needs Higher rainfall throughout Winter can increase the leaching and lock-up of any previously applied water-soluble nutrient, which contributes to the nutrient deficiencies often experienced during Spring. To paraphrase …