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Beyond the Bale : June 2011
29 selling more wool 29 June 2011 Beyond the Bale on-farm steP 1: Use soil testing to assess the P-fertility status of your soil This introductory step provides a series of practical guidelines about how to take soil tests properly. Importantly, this section of the tool also helps woolgrowers interpret results from both Olsen and Colwell extractable-P soils tests including predicting what is the optimum or target P level. steP 2: Determine the stocking rate that is appropriate for your current or projected soil fertility level With the main reason for applying P to pasture being either to increase or maintain stocking rates, the tool helps woolgrowers predict the added or potential carrying capacity of the pasture. steP 3: Determine how much P needs to be applied given your projected stocking rate and soil P status As P can be an expensive cost for grazing properties, developing a strategy for P application can be a key way to help woolgrowers reduce costs while maximising productivity from the pasture. The options available to woolgrowers are either to maintain current fertility, increase fertility or perhaps even allow P levels to decline and the tool assists in this decision making process. steP 4: Check that the proposed investment in P-fertiliser and/or livestock will generate an acceptable return There is no point of investing, if you are not going to see a return to your bottom line. The tool features a cash flow budgeting tool to examine the likely income and potential returns on investment when applying fertiliser to increase carrying capacity. A useful aspect of the tool is its capacity to ask “what if” and evaluate changes in fertiliser price and gross margins for different animal enterprises. It also provides an estimate of the payback period and an internal rate of return after five and again after 10 years. steP 5: Think through any other factors that might modify your decision to apply P The tool also provides information on other considerations for woolgrowers before they apply P. These include levels of other nutrients, pasture composition and grazing management. Using phosphorus efficiently to red uce costs The f ive steps to ensure you are making money from superphosphate: making fertiliser Pay up to 30 per cent of soil tests show soil phosphorus (P) levels are above optimum, suggesting many producers could justifiably decrease P applications without impacting on production. A new tool is now available to help woolgrowers make accurate decisions regarding the application of P. The tool was developed by CSIRO and Industry & Investment nSW with funding from Pastures Australia, which includes AWI. The ‘Five easy Steps’ tool combines years of research, data and on-farm trials into five steps for woolgrowers to follow and help them when making decisions around an investment in P. Importantly it is still the woolgrower that makes the fertiliser decisions, not the tool. More information: The tool can be downloaded from the AWI website at www.wool.com/soils For more information or assistance with the use of this tool contact Stuart Burge on (02) 6452 4199 or firstname.lastname@example.org So increase your profits by ensuring every orphan lamb gets a healthy start. If it’s WORTH REARING, its WORTH ProfeL AC SHEPHERD. AVAILABLE FROM LEADING RURAL RESELLERS NATIONWIDE Orphan lamb sur vival, increases your profits Visit: www.profestart.com.au or Call: 1300 380 343 Orphaned lambs are worth a lot of money provided they survive and thrive! Feeding your orphaned lambs with ProfeLAC SHEPHERD will give these ‘At- Risk’ newborns the best start possible. State-of-the-art manufacturing using premium 100% Australian dairy ingredients plus key additives to aid digestion, health and growth has made ProfeLAC SHEPHERD the milk replacer of choice for rearing orphaned lambs Australia wide. The benefits of using ProfeLAC SHEPHERD are: 4 Dramatically reduced nutritional scours 4 Greatly improved growth rates 4 Fewer weight differences at weaning 4 Extremely easy to mix, every time! So increase your profits by ensuring your orphan lambs get the heathy start they deserve with ProfeLAC SHEPHERD. GOLD STANDARD for Milk Replacers Orphan lambs are worth a lot of money – provided they survive and thrive! TECHNOLOGY 13356-PROV_210x99 Provilac.indd 1 24/05/11 3:23 PM