Putting lime to the test
To see the real results of regular liming, we have set up a demonstration site to compare two separate pastures, and putting them under the microscope. Lime Live has monitored limed and unlimed pastures over the past four years, and this site is periodically updated with results.
“Sometimes somebody does something that is completely different to the norm.”
An overview from Duncan Clarke, Sales Manager, McDonald’s Lime
How Lime Live works
This is an on-going monitoring demonstration of limed and unlimed pastures. Monitoring will take place over the next two years. Read how the Lime Live demonstration works below.
Demonstration site: Muggeridge Farm, Tatuanui
The experts involved
In order to develop a reliable and comprehensive demonstration, we have a team of experts involved in the development, data collection, and on-going research on all of the demonstration sites.
M. Ag. Sc.(Hons)
Paddy Shannon is a widely experienced soil scientist working with McDonald's Lime to show, trial, and test lime products. He is extensively involved in the planning and on-going testing for the Lime Live project and will outline the real-time results that will be available from the sites.
Demonstration farm owner
Tatua Dairy Factory Director
Tatuanui dairy farmer Dave Muggeridge has made real strides by incorporating regular liming into his farming programme. During the last decade he has moved from a liming regime of 1/4 of the farm every four years to yearly whole farm applications. The result is an average pH which is maintained at 6.2.
Dave has developed a pasture monitoring programme that collects pre-grazing and post-grazing residuals on farm. This is an extensive data resource whic also includes fertiliser inputs. This resource is a vital part of the limelive process.
Lime Live results for 2013 will be uploaded as they become available.