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‘Bonnie Glen’, Grant and Brenda Massie

Location: Whetukura, near Dannevirke.

Farm size & type: 760 ha. Sheep and beef.

Topography: Steep hill country. South-facing.

Rainfall: 1200 mm/yr.

Climate: Summer-safe.

Soil type: n/a.

Fertiliser regime: 32 units of phosphate and sulphur per year.

Soil fertility
Plot pH Ca P K S(SO4) OS Mg Na
(a) Old ryegrass 5.5 10 12 4 4 6 19 4
(b) 2-yr ryegrass/chicory 5.6 7 19 4 10 9 14 4

Stock numbers: 2,200 ewes, 900 hoggets, 130 cows and 650 bulls.

Carrying capacity: n/a.

Plot descriptions: (a) Old ryegrass. (b) 2-yr ryegrass/chicory.

Detailed description: n/a.

Farmer's comments: Grant has been involved with the local monitoring of grass and has found the information invaluable for feed budgeting.

"This monitoring will give us a bit more information though, such as quality and composition. We are taking it that extra step to assess things like is it good enough pasture to grow lambs on?" (Grant Massie)

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

 

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