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Sheep and beef

BioAg pasture programs produce living, healthy and balanced soil, improve the production and quality of yield, and improve fertiliser use efficiency. Once a healthy soil is achieved, you can expect to grow more nutritious pastures that will support high volumes of beef, wool, lamb and milk production, with minimal animal health problems.

Specific considerations for sheep and beef

Core to a productive pasture system is supply of required nutrients and ameliorants to enhance the growth potential of your pastures. Each summer a nutrition plan should be developed and applied in preparation for rains and seasonal growth.

Soil microbes play a key role in nutrient cycling and delivery to plants. During dry periods microbe populations decline. With the start of the growing season, use of biostimulants can hasten microbial recovery, and the benefits of nutrient cycling and water infiltration this provides.

Shorter days, and the colder conditions of winter, slow pasture growth. Use of a vegetative biostimulant alone, or with fertiliser or stimulants, has shown to grow more feed, supporting stock through winter.

During spring look to grow as much pasture as possible. Your summer applications of nutrients and ameliorants now support the growth being delivered. Fodder, silage or hay may be supported with additional applications of NPKS fertiliser.

The BioAg approach

BioAg nutrition programs are incorporated into a growers current nutrition program. Our objective is to make fertiliser and other inputs work better and build and support healthy and balanced soils and plants. Programs are custom-made for each block, using advanced soil and tissue analysis. These integrated programs typically incorporate a range of BioAg solid and liquid nutrients, often associated with conventional inputs. BioAg fertility programs can be developed to meet organic certification requirements.

Soil test

An experienced and Fertcare accredited BioAg agronomist works with you and provides technical expertise on your crop. If you don’t already have recent soil test data, we arrange a soil test for you. The results provide essential information about the soil fertility and soil structure for better performance.

A tailored program

Based on the results of soil tests, crop requirements and other factors such as soil structure, climate, history of the block, and targets that you are trying to achieve, we provide a tailored program that aims to improve soil fertility and maximise yield response. We support you through the program to ensure that inputs are applied at the right time, in the right way.

Leaf and tissue testing

Any nutritional program cannot foresee the changes in weather, disease, or pests, that may impact a crop.  During the season, growers may observe issues or evidence of stress in their crop. This may be due to greater growth or yields than planned, a trace element shortage or abiotic stresses. An on-farm inspection and associated leaf or tissue tests will promptly identify any issues, which can quickly be addressed by applying the appropriate inputs.

High yielding crops require fertile balanced soils

Key to highly productive crops is the function of soils. Soil structure, chemistry and biology are critical in supporting crops throughout the growing season. By improving all aspects of the soil, crops will benefit from improved access to moisture, due to improved infiltration and water holding capacity, improved access to nutrition through improved nutrient cycling, fixation (for N) and a reduction in loss pathways, improved resilience to abiotic stresses and disease, improved root growth providing access to additional moisture and nutrients as well as improved carbon sequestration and a range of other benefits (link to resources - soil health).

Beneficial microorganisms stimulate the plant’s root growth and help protect it from abiotic stresses. This is made possible through mutually beneficial relationships that microbes develop with plants, for example mycorrhizal associations.   BioAg products programs supply essential macronutrients (N, P, K, S, Ca), trace elements (B, Zn, Cu etc.),  microbial food and metabolites beneficial microorganisms that colonise root systems, improving soil function, plant health and productivity.

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Sheep and beef – key features of a BioAg program

The following table illustrates the cropping process and potential solutions depending on soil test results and other contributing factors. Call your BioAg Area Manager to discuss your individual needs.

Planning
Objective
Establish any macro or micronutrients needs as well as needs to address soil structure through application of ameliorants.
Activity
Perform a soil test and develop a nutrition program.
BioAg Product
Summer application
Objective
Supply key nutrients and ameliorants.
Activity
Spread fertilisers and ameliorants.
BioAg Product
BioAgPhos: 100 – 250kg/ha
Summer application
Objective
Supply key nutrients and ameliorants.
Activity
Spread fertilisers and ameliorants.
BioAg Product
PotPhos with SoP: 120 – 300kg/ha
First growth
Objective
Enhance nutrient supply to grasses.
Activity
Apply a liquid soil innoculant to improve microbial activity and nutrient cycling, and supply.
BioAg Product
Soil & Seed: 2 – 4L/ha
Winter
Objective
Maximise the return from applications of nitrogen fertiliser or giberillic acid.
Activity
Combine a liquid plant biostimulant to increase growth, quality of feed and nitrogen efficiency.
BioAg Product
Balance & Grow: 1 – 3L/ha
Spring
Objective
Support additional growth or high performing forrage.
Activity
Apply additional fertilisers and growth stimulants.
BioAg Product
Balance & Grow: 1 – 3L/ha

Sheep and beef resources

  • Planning your nutrient needs

    Given the last two years of very poor rainfall, little to no fertiliser has been applied in northern NSW. Even though farmers have had reduced amounts of grass growth and therefore grazing pressure, nutrients have been removed from the pasture system. This being the cas...

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  • Long term customers see results in beef

    Jamie and Virginia Bond of ‘Wyandra’ in Tooma NSW first started using BioAg fertilisers and liquids in their farming system over 20 years ago. At the beginning their soils were run down and low in nutrients. They viewed the BioAgPhos based fertilisers as a sustainable w...

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  • Setting key milestones in planning 2021

    Planning the future activities and needs of the farm, and for future crops, is a key part of managing risk and providing the best opportunity for maximised returns. Each year set achievable targets and milestones of your own, such as:

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  • Choosing Phosphate fertiliser

    This season many growers will invest in fertilisers and for growers who have experienced great crops, fodder or livestock production, there will be a need to replenish soil nutrients. When it comes to applying phosphorus to soils there are numerous fertilisers available...

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Recommended products

bag of BioAg Phos solid fertiliser

BioAgPhos

Solid Fertiliser

Highly reactive phosphate fertiliser made from high-grade reactive phosphate rock combined with BioAg’s microbial digesting agent.

BioAg Biostimulant product Soil & Seed

Soil & Seed

Biostimulant

Formulated to improve soil microbial activity, natural soil fertility and moisture and nutrient utilisation.

BioAg Biostimulant product Balance & Grow

Balance & Grow

Biostimulant

Formulated to increase vegetative growth, root development and soil microbial activity. Ideal for broadacre, pastures and horticulture.

BioAg product shot of PotPhos with SoP

PotPhos with SoP

Solid Fertiliser

Incorporates BioAgSoP and BioAgPhos in a blend ideal for soils that need phosphorus, sulphur, and calcium, such as pastures and grazing.

bag of BioAg Phos solid fertiliser

Committed to organics

With a core range of natural fertilisers and biostimulants, BioAg can offer an extensive range of products certified by Australian Organics, suitable for use in organic systems.