"The greatest resource is not high producing cows or high protein supplements, but healthy soils."
"We've been using TerraCare Dicalcic fertiliser for 10 years on our two dairy units with outstanding results. We've lifted and balanced our soil nutrient reserves significantly in order to increase capacity and achieve our production goals. Managing a high N regime requires serious focus on soil health, so we always pay attention to monitoring soil condition as much as cow health and nutrition, with a consistent eye on inputs and outputs along with soil composition, and cost."
Doug & Penny Storey
Woodstock Farms, Te Awamutu
"Our farm is producing 17 T/DM/ha consistently with only moderate dressings of slower release nitrogen. The key is knowing what the soil requires and using a balanced philosophy of fertiliser inputs. This is achieved by annually measuring soil and plant levels, monitoring animal health, aligning everything to our milk production goals in consultation with the farm owners and his TerraCare consultant. TerraCare Dicalcic Phosphate is the main nutrient driver behind our healthy high producing pasture and summer cropping programme."
Andrew & Michele McPherson
Waikato Sharemilkers of the Year, Te Awamutu
"TerraCare Dicalcic Phosphate is the main nutrient driver behind our healthy high producing pasture and summer cropping programme."
"TerraCare Dicalcic is one of the key reasons we can achieve our optimum liveweight targets without using artificial nitrogen."
"We fatten 380 bought in hill country Angus and cross bred heifers plus yearlings every year on our 160ha farm at Wharepuhunga without supplements. TerraCare Dicalcic is one of the key reasons we can achieve our optimum liveweight targets without using artificial nitrogen. We also cut 450 bales of rap silage per year to sell from surplus grass. Dicalcic helps to drought proof our farm. We advocate getting the soil balance right by using the best advice and the right fertiliser that soil biology welcomes."
Paul & Kathleen Symes
Wharepuhunga, Te Awamutu
380+ beef cattle
"We farm 300ha of medium to step hill country south west of Piopio. We moved away from acidic superphosphate when our fat stock buyer said there's something missing in the ground restricting these lambs from finishing. We switched to TerraCare Dicalcic Phosphate along with bulk liming the whole farm. Today 75% of our lambs reach target weights by late November. Lambing percentage is in excess of 160%. Our ewes and lambs stay clean throughout spring until shearing in January. The soil is friable, mineral rich, with a good colour and smell and with plenty of worms and deep rooting."
Terry & Lance Peterson
Pungarehu District, Piopio
"Today 75% of our lambs reach target weights by late November. Lambing percentage is in excess of 160%."
The phosphate in Dicalcic granulated fertiliser is less water-soluble than superphosphate. This means it doesn’t break down as fast in the wet. The slower release combined with its less acidic nature means it can support optimum grass growth over longer periods after application than superphosphate.
Talk to us about how Dicalcic fertiliser can get your system working more efficiently.