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Dry Stock

  • AgLime’s ability to significantly increase pasture production has proven to be a valuable asset in dry stock farming* 

By using our AgLime to get the soil condition right from the outset, there are many benefits that follow for the Dry Stock Industry:

  • AgLime is completely natural, it therefore has no harmful effects on the environment
  • Because soil conditions are right, other fertiliser applications are much more effective
  • Good soil structure encourages grass and clover growth. Legumes like a higher pH of 6.2+
  • AgLime improves quality and actually reduces the plant uptake of heavy metal from the soil, making the pasture more palatable. Because the feed is in better condition, animals will eat to appetite rather than just eat enough to meet their maintenance needs
  • Researchers have observed stock showing a preference for limed versus unlimed pastures when given the choice
  • AgLime encourages worm and bacterial activity which aerates the soil and improves drainage
  • Because soil structure and activity is optimised, decomposition is improved, nutrients are more readily available to plants, and of course, grazing improves
  • AgLime improves root development which is essential for vigorous, healthy pasture
  • Using lime to lift pH makes adverse elements for plants less available:
    • Aluminum: If soil is below 5.5, the aluminum solubility locks up phosphate so it cant be used effectively by the soil
    • Manganese: More Manganese is evident when soil has a low pH. This will make pasture less palatable for the stock. Excessive manganese can also be poisonous to young stock

*references available on request

Sheep Farming

New Zealand's greatest farming advantage is the ability to obtain a large part of production from pasture, typically the rye/clover sward. Research in New Zealand has shown very good responses to liming, and these responses were shown in wool grown and meat produced along with increased lamb and ewe weights. It was shown there was an increase in dry matter grown and the pasture utilisation increased. These two were the main drivers for the production increases.

Beef Farming

New Zealand's greatest farming advantage is the ability to obtain a large part of production from pasture, typically the rye/clover sward. Research in New Zealand has shown very good responses to liming, and these responses were shown in animal growth and meat produced. The current Lime Live site at Kopaki in the King Country reinforces beef animal's preference for limed pastures and the ability to increase production through the uptake of increased pasture grown.

 Caution is Needed:

  • Farmers need to be aware of the risks of grazing dry cows in late pregnancy on recently limed pastures
  • AgLime can have a negative effect on cows in the transition period leading to calcium deficiency (milk-fever)
  • Cows naturally defend themselves against milk-fever by mobilising calcium in their bodies
  • If pregnant dairy cows (springers) ingest calcium through lime particles still around on recently limed pastures pre-calving, the cow's metabolism tells it that it doesn't need to mobilise calcium as there is enough in its diet
  • When the cow does calve though, it is unable to mobilise sufficient calcium in its blood and may "fall over" with the condition hypocalcaemia or milk-fever

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*reference available on request

CASE STUDY
  • Nitrogen Needs Lime
    Applying nitrogen (N) fertiliser makes the soil more acidic. The change from ammonium or urea to nitrate leaves the hydrogen behind to acidify the soil. The amount of acidity depends on whether the applied N is leached as nitrate or taken up by plants and exported in produce...
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  • Hill Country
    A low rate of lime on a steep hill country soil increases pasture and animal production. There is no response for 15 months, but thereafter lime increases ewe live weights by approximately 5kg/ewe, ewe fleece weight by 0.5-0.6 kg/ewe and lamb live weight at weaning by at least 6%...
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  • John Girvan
    "We’ve been running a devoted liming regime over 5 years and the improvements that we’ve seen in both legume content and overall stock performance have been really encouraging."
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