Getting the right balance between input costs, production returns and environmental outcomes is a balancing act. Case study of how John and Wendy Wilson “Beaufield” have approached their fertiliser management, plus discussion on:
Soil testing and nutrient budgeting can save thousands of dollars in fertiliser costs. There is now good information on soil fertility and guidelines for dairy pastures. Budgeting nutrient inputs can save money, reduce environmental impacts on water quality and soil health, help manage animal health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This FRDS field day was an excellent ‘heads up’ on one of the big upcoming issues in dairy NRM – sustainable nutrient management is becoming a very important issue in all farming systems, particularly relatively high input systems like dairying.
What action will you take as a result of information you’ve learned today? Some of the practical tips that farmers picked up on the day included:
“Fert program reassessment” “Grazing rotations = available dry matter & when to fertilise” “Nutrimatch budget” “Cut back N”
“Fert program reassessment”
“Grazing rotations = available dry matter & when to fertilise”
“Cut back N”
Apr 19, 2012