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Most of us ignore these piles until either they get too big or cashflow has forced us to look at alternatives. This is what happened in 2008 following the huge hike in oil and fertiliser prices. Farmers began searching for alternatives, recycling perceived waste and using local resources. It was the beginning of large scale on-farm composting and the germination of common sense.
Some of the local resources that can be utilised
for on-farm composting include;
The key thing to remember with these benefits is that they don’t happen overnight
but rather build upon each application.
Every farmer knows that each soil type across the property produces different pasture and feed quality. And yet, over the last 50 years the advice to farmers has always been the same - focus on nitrogen and profitability will increase. This panacea has resulted in a number of problems best summed up as an incremental decline in soil and herd health. The old adage of “You are what you eat” also applies to your herd as well. The financial implications of these detrimental changes are well documented not to mention the stress that follows. In order to maximise production, on-farm composting and applied soil nutrition is matched to your local soils types.
This is because each soil type has unique chemical and physical properties that need to be taken into account. It is all about reintroducing to the farm broken down organic matter or soil humus. As quoted on page 70 of The Farmers Handbook, Department of Agriculture, NSW, 3rd Edition, 1919 “Humus, which is derived from the gradual decay of animal or vegetable matter within the soil, is one of the most important of the soil’s constituents, and any great variation in its amount effects profoundly the value of the soil for agricultural purposes”.
The immediate benefits of implementing these composts is that every farmer has a recipe that is specific to each soil type. It saves the producer a small fortune because they no longer need to refer to an agronomist for professional advice nor are they totally dependent on expensive water soluble fertilisers. Fine tuning of this process through periodic soil tests ensures the plants reach their true genetic potential.
There are many compost turners on the market but very few can claim to be truly Australian built and designed for extreme conditions. Like the Yeomans plow, the JPH Equipment CT Series Compost Turners are unique and an essential addition to every dairy farm. If you are serious about reducing your costs of production and converting valuable recyclables into fertiliser consider the following salient points;
JPH Equipment offers a complete solution to reducing on-farm fertiliser costs. It’s not just about selling a piece of machinery but providing to you all the practical expertise in how to continually produce an excellent product. This unique process gives you quality compost from the beginning.
J.P.H. Equipment Pty Ltd
PO Box 678, Marsden, Qld 4132 Australia
5 Delton St, Kingston, Qld 4114 Australia
Office – 0400 897 575
Fax – 07 3290 0339
Mobile – 0411 695 335
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