Wool Grower
Meat & Wool Innovation  
Home Farm Tech Markets Training Quality Sheep & Wool Economic Service
NewsInnovation Magazine   Media About Us Links Sitemap
Home > Farm Tech > FITT

North Canterbury Growth Rate Measuring Group Protocols


Paddock Selection.
It is envisaged that each fann will have THREE paddocks under measurement. We are looking for "Average" paddocks. The paddocks may be a combination of a good, moderate and a poor. Alternativly it may be average paddocks on differing soil types. It's up to you. On top of this it is important that the paddocks are Perennial Ryegrass and white clover paddocks and at least 2 years old.

Fertiliser
All sites need to be soil tested at the beginning of the monitoring period. A day will be organised as a "site visiting" opportunity. It is envisaged that the soil tests will be taken on this day. The cost of the soil tests will be covered by the projects funds. An accurate record of the previous 12 months fertiliser applications needs to be provided. Any fertiliser applied during the monitoring period needs to be recorded onto the GRAS (Growth Rate Assesment Sheet) in the space provided.

Cage management Protocol.
Cages will be provided as part of the project. Cost of the cages will be covered by the project.

Start up and the movement of cages
1 Within the selected paddocks select a "representative" site for the cage to be placed
2 Using probe measure the cover in KgsDM/Ha on the area that the cage is to be placed (site must be under 2000KgsDM/Ha)
3 If the site is over 2000Kgs the cage must be moved to an alternative site within the paddock.
4 If no areas in the paddock are "representative" and under 2000KgsDM/Ha then the site should be mannually grazed down to your fanns normal grazing residual.
5 Place the cage on the selected area.
6 Peg the cage to the ground to prevent movement.
7 Complete all sections of the GRAS.
8 Email or Fax to Mike Hayes (Contact numbers are on the GRAS's)

Ongoing measurement
August 1 st - December 1st
On the 15th and 30th of each month using the probe measure the KgsDM/Ha inside the cages. If the reading is above 2000kgsDM/Ha then the cage must be moved following the procedure in the startup section. Complete your GRAS and fax/Email to Mike Hayes

December 1st - March 1st
On the 30th ONLY of each month (With the exception of February of course!!) measurements are to be taken and your GRAS is to be completed and faxed to Mike. If the reading is above 2000kgs then the cage needs to be moved as outlined in startup.

March 1st - June 1st
On the 15th and 30th of each month using the probe measure the KgsDM/Ha. If the reading is above 2000kgsDM/Ha then the cage must be moved following the procedure outlined in the startup section. Complete your GRAS and fax/Email to Mike Hayes

June 1st - August 1st
On the 30th ONLY of each month measurements are to be collected and your GRAS is to be completed and faxed to Mike. If the reading is above 2000kgs then the cage needs to be moved.

 

Copyright © Meat & Wool Innovation Ltd.

Home | Farm Tech | Markets | Training | Quality | Sheep & Wool | Economic Service
News | Magazine | Media | About Us | Links | Sitemap