John and Wendy Wilson milk 318 cows, budgeting to produce approximately 176,000kg MS. Using NutriMatch for nutrient budgeting has saved them over $9,000 in fertiliser costs this year.
Fertiliser is a significant cost in dairy production systems. As systems move towards utilising higher levels of purchased feed, it is critical to factor this into nutrient calculations on an annual basis. Once soil fertility targets are achieved, farmers should be confident to reduce fertiliser inputs in line with requirements based on the removal of nutrients from the system.