SEEDS, FERTILISERS AND PASTURE
DON Jarvis likens NutriSoil to a “biological stimulant”, rather than a natural fertiliser.
An organic dairy farmer by trade, Don has been using the liquid product for more than 10 years – and has seen his paddocks dramatically improve in that time.
NutriSoil is a concentrated, broad spectrum liquid plant food produced from a unique vermiculture (worm) recycling system.
“It’s certified organic – but it wasn’t when we first started using it; but even then, it was classed as an allowable input,” Don said.
Don runs a 200 cow dairy out of Tooma, and has always been inclined towards natural farming - but when dairy deregulation saw him lose his Sydney milk quotas, he knew the time was right to move to being certified organic.
“A little organic dairy factory opened up in Corryong at the same time – offering a lot better price than Murray Goulburn, and that’s when we actually went certified,” Don said.
NutriSoil is now Don’s spray of choice – spreading 3-4 litres/hectare twice a year.
Combined with other organic products, Don has been able to stop using all solid fertiliser forms, and no longer needs to spread lime.
“If you want to get off the chemical bandwagon – and apply natural fertilisers – then NutriSoil is ideal,” Don said.
NutriSoil is the brainchild of Graham Maddock, and was started in the mid-1990s when the family set up a private vermiculture system at their property out of Albury.
Feeding the worms with manure, straw and a seawood/fish emulsion mix, the product quickly proved to be an effective biological agent when sprayed in the paddock.
“It is a fertiliser in its own right - and has been the only form of fertiliser used on our property for many years now,” Graham said.
Graham has now semi- retired from the business, handing the reins to the next generation: daughter Rachelle Armstrong with her husband, Justin, son Darren Maddock and wife Nakala, and Mattia Ringe.
In 2016, NutriSoil won the Australian Organics Best Certified Product of the Year (non-food).
In 2017, they were also awarded a silver medal for Australian Ethical Enterprises by Moral Fairground.
Next month, on June 28, NutriSoil will throw open the doors during their open day, with guest speakers, tours and special presentations running throughout the event.
For more information on the open day, or how to order your free NutriSoil sample, or to see just how the product is made go to www.nutrisoil. com.au.
FAMILY TIES: NutriSoil are helping to change the way farmers get the most out of the pasture. Pictured (from left) are Mattia Ringe, Lyn Maddock, Darren Maddock, Justin Armstrong, founder Graham Maddock and front is Nakala and Rachelle Maddock.