AGRONOMY CONSULTING SERVICES

 

Our business is focused on assisting you to identify, plan and implement the key management decisions in developing and sustaining your pasture systems.

Pasture Establishment and Management
We will provide you with the latest agronomy technology in pasture improvement, including paddock preparation, pasture selection, establishment methods, weed and pest control, soil fertility management, fertiliser use and grazing management. We can also coordinate and conduct various farm contracting services to add significant value to your pasture programs.

Pasture Landscape Systems
There is a wide range of pasture systems available to match various agricultural land classes, including native pastures, introduced temperate and tropical grass and legume species . We can expertly advise you on the areas within your property which are best suited to each system, and formulate management strategies to sustain these.

Pasture Selection
Through our extensive field and pasture research experience, we can provide you with pasture and forage crop recommendations, as well as our preferred pasture blends for cattle, sheep, dairy or horse enterprises.

Equine Property Development
We are engaged and retained by Australia’s leading thoroughbred studs to design and implement their farm and pasture development programs. We work alongside a vast project team from property owners, to farm managers, architects, building contractors, fencing contractors, irrigation consultant and government agencies to ensure every project is undertaken to the highest professional standard.

Farm Mapping and 5 Year Farm Development Plan
A property map is an integral tool for farm planning. Farm mapping services can be undertaken. After evaluation and mapping of your property, we can provide you with a 5 Year Pasture Development Plan and Budget.

Farm Business Reviews
Financial planning and business performance reviews are an integral part of a commercial farm business. Through our associates, we can arrange these confidential services.

Agricultural Land Use and Capability Assessment
We have extensive experience in undertaking agricultural land use suitability and capability assessment for farm planning and environmental assessment projects. 

Farm Appraisal
We can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in your property or proposed property purchase. We can then provide you with guidelines in regards to farm development and management priorities. We can also carry out a full farm appraisal on a property before purchase.

Legal Support Advice
Legal support and expert witness for agricultural related matters. We can assist your legal team during matters of an agricultural nature. With our extensive agronomic experience we have been engaged on several occasions to provide expert opinions in legal proceedings.

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We enjoy developing and implementing pasture development projects. We are today continuing our long association with Willow Park Stud a leading thoroughbred stud, who is totally committed to their pasture programs and the important role they play in their operation.
This paddock has recently commenced redevelopment - clearing of woody weeds and regrowth, fallow spray programs, cultivation, our rock picking program and now sowing of a grazing oats crop for winter/spring grazing, before going to summer perennial pasture later in the year. The makeover continues!
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When we go to horse farms to do rock picking work, the farm and horse stud staff line the farm roads and cheer! We clear the paddock of stones and rocks with our gear, in a few days, that these staff and backpackers would spend weeks on end in a chain gang with feed buckets and quad bikes with small trailers, hand picking thousands of stones and rocks and then not get them all. Everyone is happy when we do the job! ... See MoreSee Less

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If you want productive pastures, that will be there through and after the droughts then start planning to establish subtropical grasses! Archie Bell who works on his family property Belford Park, east of Scone is showing you a resilient stand of Digit Grass, established 10 years ago, responding to rain in February 2020 after very severe drought conditions in this area over the last 3 years. This pasture has endured many tough seasons over this time and continues to keep giving! ... See MoreSee Less

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You have to love subtropical pastures; we certainly do! Look at the volume of quality feed on offer here the first week of May 2020. Pictured is a mob of our 50 Angus weaner heifers, around 280 to 320 kg being grown out for joining in early spring entering their next paddock of subtropical pasture today after weighing. We do this to provide us and readers with actual pasture x livestock production data.
These heifers have been grazing well managed subtropical pasture at an average stocking rate of just under 5 heifers/ ha for the last 8 weeks. They have been gaining an average of 0.9 kg/head/day over this period. Weight gains varied from 0.75 to 1.1 kgDM/head/day, which is very pleasing and where we want to be.
So over the last 8 weeks these heifers have put on a total of just under 2500 kg of liveweight gain. At a current prices, of say $4.70/kg liveweight, it is just under $12,000 of value . However, we are looking at their value as future breeders, or sale as joined females. Who knows where that will be when the time comes. There is a general lack of real subtropical pasture x livestock production data available to make informed decisions. We hope our program can encourage you to seek our advice on establishing and managing your own subtropical pasture program!
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More “Before” and “After” client projects our farm services division have undertaken recently.
We had direct drilled our winter forage grass blend at Segenhoe (Stud) Group near Scone, exactly 4 weeks ago today. This shows what can be achieved by following our comprehensive program.
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