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 >

Farm Tech


‘Minda Hills’, Mark and Lorraine Illston

Location: Mataroa, near Taihape.

Farm size & type: 320 ha. Sheep breeding and finishing, and cattle finishing.

Topography: Medium hill country.

Rainfall: n/a.

Climate: n/a.

Soil type: n/a.

Soil fertility
Plot pH Ca P K S(SO4) OS Mg Na
(a) 1-yr ryegrass 5.8 7 6 10 12 12 18 4
(b) Old, southwest-facing hill 5.9 8 33 24 20 10 20 5

Fertiliser regime: 300 kg of super equivalent on undeveloped pasture and 500 kg on new grass areas. Nitrogen is applied to fill the deficit between the grass budget and actual production.

Stock numbers: Kelso composite flock of 1,900 ewes and 1,000 hoggets that all go to the ram. 300 mainly 2-yr cattle wintered on crops.

Carrying capacity: n/a.

Plot descriptions: (a) 1-yr ryegrass. (b) Old, southwest-facing hill.

Detailed description:

Farmer's comments: "We've been monitoring our pasture growth six years for the Market Update publication. The opportunity to do pasture monitoring for WoolPro and PasturePlan has been a huge bonus for the farm. We recognise grass as one of our main resources, it's fascinating stuff and there have been some major advances with our understanding of the inter-reaction between quality and quantity. As a result of our involvement in PasturePlan, we expect to be able to predict grass growth on our farm with more accuracy." (Mark Illston)

Results published: Central Districts Farmer.

Local Meat & Wool Innovation contact: Richard Gavigan, tel 06-376 0005, cell 025-499 851, richard.gavigan@mwi.co.nz

Copyright © Meat & Wool Innovation Ltd.

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