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 …

BioAg Pasture near Crookwell

Winter Strategy-Grow More Feed

Winter temperatures can cause pasture growthrates to drop to very low levels 0-15 kg DM/ha/day Long-term phosphate trials have shown itspositive effect on winter production³ 1 kg P/ha grew 1.7 t DM/ha 15 kg P/ha grew 2.8 t DM/ha Balance & Grow with nitrogen and gibberellic acid are “get out of jail” cards when short of winter feed Growth stimulation can be seen as early as seven days after application Winter Strategy-Grow More Feed was last modified: May 24th, 2016 by BioAg

Growing Pasture

Growing Pasture: The Grass is greener in Murrabit! John Archard on growing pasture: “Anyone can grow grass in autumn and spring just by throwing nitrogen down. Where this system stands out is its ability to grow quality pasture from March to December. High protein and high ME feed is what keeps your milk volume and components up”. Growing Pasture was last modified: February 24th, 2016 by BioAg

Pasture Case Study, Springhurst Victoria Australia

The Humphry family’s mixed farming operation in north eastern Victoria is ample proof that biological farming can be an efficient and sustainable method of agricultural production. The Humphrys have been successfully implementing and refining biological farming techniques for more than 30 years on their Springhurst district property, “Avondale”, long before such concepts even had a name or credence in the wider agricultural community. During that time, their efforts to restore the natural health and structure of their soils have led to significant improvements in crop yields, grain quality and animal health without the use of conventional fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides. Lindsay Humphry and his brother, Ian, and sister-in-law, Margaret, run a tightly-integrated dairying, beef cattle, fine wool and cropping enterprise on a relatively frugal 575 mm (23 inch) average annual rainfall. The livestock operation includes 260 milking cows (55 percent Holsteins and 45 percent Jerseys) plus 150 heifers and calves; …