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It's spring fertiliser time

October 11, 2008
Spreading fertiliser on the pasture

It's good to be well into spring - calving is mostly over and the grass is growing well. On most days the cows can now each as much grass as they want and the plentiful feed is converting into good milk production.

But despite the good grass growth there we can't just sit back and relax! Spring growth drains a lot of minerals from the soil and with summer not too far away our grass production will start dropping back if we don't replenish some of those soil minerals. So it's time to spread spring fertiliser over much of the farm.

Luckily for us (from a workload perspective) we have a contractor coming on farm to apply the fertiliser. He started today with 15 tonnes loaded onto his truck, with more to come over the next few days, weather permitting.

It's quite fascinating watching a truck spread fertiliser over the farm - it must take a lot of skill (and nerves) to drive such a heavy vehicle over our rolling-hill terrain. Best him not me!

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