(not the Mulloon Institute)
The farm raises beef cattle for direct supply of fresh meat to consumers. The farm is managed using organic principles but is not certified organic.
Baseline soil analysis and ASM compost treatments commenced in Autumn 2016. Spectacular visual improvements in pasture growth occurred in November after good rain and an increase in soil temperature. Improved pasture production continued through summer and increased again with rain into May 2017.
Pasture dry matter gains up to 49% were measured across five paddocks in May 2017. Feed analysis using NIR spectroscopy showed no loss in feed quality, which is already very good.
The increase in pasture quantity was supported by soil test results showing improvements in all nutrient deficiencies. The most marked improvement was a four-fold increase in available phosphorous. There was also a 50% or greater improvement in organic matter, total nitrogen, nutrient availability, calcium, copper and boron. In addition, pH has risen from 5.52 to 6.07 for 0-10cm and 5.77 to 6.10 for 10-30cm.
This Case Study was jointly funded by ASM and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). NSW EPA provided financial support under their Organics Market Development Program to demonstrate the use of recycled organics on farms in NSW.
Type: Grazing for Beef
Location: Bungendore, NSW
Aim: To show the potential economic benefits from the use of high quality compost
Results: Soil test results showing improvements in all nutrient deficiencies including 50% or greater improvement in organic matter