Mans­field farm­ers en­cour­aged to in­crease stock­ing rates for profit

Mansfield Courier - - PROPERTY GUIDE -

NORTH East Vic­to­rian farm­ers have been chal­lenged to in­crease their stock­ing rates and im­prove prof­itabil­ity.

The call came from Merid­ian Agri­cul­ture’s Jim Shov­el­ton, who is based out of Euroa, when he said that stock­ing rates in the North East were gen­er­ally lower than they needed to be.

Speak­ing at the Grass­land So­ci­ety’s an­nual con­fer­ence, Mr Shov­el­ton said farm­ers had been “un­der-in­vest­ing in soil fer­til­ity”.

“The amount of money spent on fer­tiliser is the big­gest dis­cre­tionary cost in a graz­ing op­er­a­tion - the ques­tion is how do you make the best use of it,” he said.

“If you get your soil right, you not only have an in­creased car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity, the sys­tems will be more re­silient, will stand up bet­ter to droughts and ad­verse con­di­tions - and you end up with bet­ter qual­ity feed.”

The Grass­land So­ci­ety of South­ern Aus­tralia’s an­nual con­fer­ence was held at Nagam­bie last week, and was aimed at help­ing pro­duc­ers build on ba­sics while mak­ing their in­vest­ments grow.

Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, Mr Shov­el­ton out­lined strate­gies for farm­ers to pri­ori­tise their spend­ing to im­prove soil fer­til­ity, paving the way for higher stock­ing rates.

“If you get the soil con­di­tions right, you have the spring­board to get your stock­ing rate up to where it should be; then you’ll cap­ture all the other added ben­e­fits of the in­vest­ment ge­net­ics and graz­ing man­age­ment,” he said.

“You’ve got to run enough stock to cover the av­er­age over­head cost per hectare, and then you’ve got to make a profit above that.”

IN­CREASE YOUR STOCK­ING RATES: Jim Shov­el­ton, from Merid­ian Agri­cul­ture in Euroa, wants to see farm­ers from North East Vic­to­ria in­crease their stock­ing rates.

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