The McCarty’s – Revital Fertilisers
In 2003 John and Donna McCarty consolidated their 128 ha dairy farm on Eltham Rd at Riverlea.
2003 Farm Facts:
Milking – 300 cows
Production – 86,000 kgs Milk Solids
Soil tests – Olsen P mainly mid 40s
Pasture – Rye and Clover. The root penetration was shallow, with approximately 15% clover producing very small leaves.
Soil Condition: Generally lifeless with very few earthworms.
Animal Health: Poor – eczema, milk fever and other metabolic problems.
When they ploughed for turnips John and Donna couldn’t help noticing a distinct lack of life and vitality in the soil. They made a conscious decision to use fertiliser products that would enhance soil life and increase nutrient availability.
John had heard about Revital Fertilisers and their help the farm began the road to sustainability.
Applying Revital Ultimate in spring and Revital 30 in autumn life has breathed back into the soil.
John says “While the difference in the pasture initially wasn’t huge, there soil began to change and over time earthworms increased substantially. It was then that the clover started to change, the plants became more vigorous and the leaves doubled in size”.
The McCarty’s noticed an increase to 30% clover in the sward, with darker and more friable soil. The rye grass soon started to benefit from the natural nitrogen fixation increase and became healthier and more vigorous.
The McCarty’s had found the key to healthy pasture growth – sustainable, health soil.
2015 Farm Facts:
Milking – 400 cows
Production – 157,000 kgs Milk Solids
Pasture – Large healthy clover comprising approx. 35% of the sward.
Soil Condition: Healthy soil life full of huge earthworm numbers; Deeper roots on the pasture – meaning more moisture deficit resistance.
Animal Health: Excellent at $40 per cow costs
The McCarty’s also grow their own maize (which the contractor says is the best crop he harvests every year)
John attributes the success in almost doubling production to the use of Revital Fertiliser.