Monday 2nd of November from Ludwig Mueller AGRIVISION
ABOUT THE SOIL HEALTH AND FERTILITY WORKSHOP WE HELD ON 14 OCTOBER 2015 ABOUT THE AFTERNOON PART > FILM part 1 IN THE PASTURE OF THE RIVER-BEND DAIRY!
EVENT SPONSORS AND THANKS WITH ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO: LOCAL LAND SERVICES NORTH COAST NSW GOVERNMENT > FUNDING TO HASTINGS LANDCARE WHICH SECURED FUNDING > FOR NAMBUCCA LANDCARE, NORCO RURAL STORE MACKSVILLE > PAID FOR CATERING, LUDWIG MUELLER AGRIVISION / TNN INDUSTRIES > RECORDING SAUL RIVER-BEND FARMS HISTORY AND ACHIEVEMENTS IN PICTURES AND SOIL TESTS WITH GUIDANCE AND INPUTS FOR 9 YEARS, MRS USHER & THE UTUNGAN HALL COMMITTEE, THE GREEN FAMILY AND THEIR HELPERS FOR CATERING > MAKING THE BEST SCONES EVER EATEN CAME OUT FROM A FEW CREAM COVERED LIPS, THE LOCAL NEWS PRESS FOR ANNOUNCING THE DAY, MANFRED DRUSCHOWITZ FROM COMBOYNE SO MANY COUNTLESS HOURS FILMING AND CUTTING IT INTO 3 FILMS, AND NOT AT LAST, NOTHING WOULD HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THE SAUL FAMILY'S WILLINGNESS TO OPEN UP THEIR DOORS FOR OTHERS TO HEAR, SEE AND HOPEFULLY LEARN FROM 9 YEARS OF A NEW REWARDING FARMING SYSTEM!
LOCATION: RIVER-BEND DAIRY WEST OF MACKSVILLE between Taylors Arm Road and Boat Harbour Road.
PADDOCK DISCUSSIONS IN PART 1 FILM
These lines below will support the messages, which may not be always clear to understand IN ITS CONNECTION AND IMPORTANCE in a film made without a script in an open paddock with the need to cut into 3 films to make it not too long.
- Introduction from Max Saul about the Riverbend Dairy farm run together with his supporting family his wife Bev with daughter in law Kylie and when home not working outside his son David, about 180 ha with 160 Dairy Cows plus replacement stock, all run by the family.
- Discussions about a well working approach to get good milk cell count, less problem cows today as in the past having a positive financial impact also good milk solids.
- In times of feed gaps and with young winter pasture, they use their own silage or hay or if short buy in Western grain hay to maintain milk fat, milk protein and cows conditions.
- With today’s winter & summer pastures, cows like the grass better and not graving by waiting for grain already early afternoon, cows have to be rounded up in the paddock every day around 4 pm, as they do not come to the dairy as they preferring the sweeter nutrient dense grass! Relative low Grain inputs are used to quieten the milking process and keeping up production.
- Cathy Eggert from Hastings Landcare explains and demonstrate the Soil Health Card process, record keeping to see changes over the seasons. Ludwig explained an outcome in this farming system, with the aim working towards right per cent % of ideal balance of Ca Calcium, Mg Magnesium, H Hydrogen & Na Sodium in the Base saturation in focus, will set automatically the ideal soil pH. The quick in paddock pH test kit, shown from Cathy as a simple fast test, Cathy explained it reads lower as a test done (in water pH) in a proper Lab, need to be considered when using the quick test.
- Max talked about the ever changing mystic in a season about not knowing what cows want or need on Mineral Supplements, from trying 10 blocks to let the cows decide to only 1 Complex organic protected chelated Mineral and Trace element Block developed from TNN Industries offered all year long, with highest demand around when Kikuyu grass kicks in before Christmas to Autumn and also extra pure salt blocks are laid out in this time. Works very well, as the cows tell you what and when they need it.
- A targeted strategy to orally drench TNN liquid chelated Minerals called Mineral Plus, when cows are dried off and around straight before or after calving, and constantly every second day via water troughs. Witness this glossy appearing herd so content (a result of our chelated Minerals and in particular Cobalt get converted into Vitamin B 12), despite 2 Bulls in the paddock with 160 cows, no problem going with more as 30 people right into the herd. I was the third last to walk out of the gateway with my red handle spate and one Bull was 10 meter away outside the gate up the slope, all he did, he let me know with a deep breath long song, that actually he is in charge > but is tolerating the visitors and acknowledge the interest shown in their herds well being.
- If you are really interested in building a foundation of understanding prior to see these film clips, what this farming system indicates and provides not just in this film, was already well known and established for years. Herewith we have results without starting up again new farms and waiting for new trials to be done, which was the idea for two field days to learn from transitions and encourage others to apply a tested better farming system. We can learn from such farms and unfortunately, some insiders of the Dairy industry got informed about the potential benefits, when we had a field day on this farm in December 2007 and in many other opportunities given and in updating the results through myself for 12 years. Potentially over years a great opportunity for the local and general dairy industry has been wasted, despite Dairy groups always complaining of low profitability and what do do next to improve it? Conventional dairy farming still today is chasing the same fundamental issues to be resolved as 8 years ago when I had the first dairy meeting or 12 years ago, when we started with this unique farming approach or looking back when I dairy farmed in Germany in 1975:
- Myself, Ludwig Mueller made in the paddock a heavy statement, saying the potential of average 2 litres more milk per day from nutrient dense pastures equals 30,000 Dollars more to be made in a 100 cow unit over a year! Wow! For the concerned ones, please challenge me to show you these figures and write me a response mail and I will respond to you! Observation were made on the Mid North Coast, but measured on another property immediately after the conversion started with a TNN program, milk production went in January 09 up by 3 litre/cow/day compared previous year, and still up despite ending with 6 floods in February 2009 to June 2009 between 0.8 and and 2.3 l more/cow/day, and milk solids went up same time, which is identical with the findings in the independent done benchmarking in Gippsland in TNN programmed farms compared with Gippsland's ABARE and DIFMP, our Dairy farming approach with higher profitability and many more other benefits for the operation and the farmers. Max was saying the challenge is to make the native summer pastures (Paspallum, Kikuyu, different Clovers, Plantain and Chicory) producing milk as good as from good Rye grass pastures and not wasting time and money to grow summer crops making up for poorer pastures. In film 2 description I reveal what liquid foliar applications made this happen for summer pastures.
- As such farm system achievements needs to be thoroughly investigated and understood from whom is concerned (as it seems the message did not get out there) in improving the industry to a more profitable one. Tapping into, for many so it seems, still unknown unexplained links and connections of untapped resources on the farm, see the economical importance and capability of our proven farming system. If you are interested in such, I invite you now to study the outcomes behind this Victorian Independent Dairy benchmarking below, to get a feel what I am talking about:
Final conclusion for all type of farming including Beef
* Money is made from investing into soil and pastures and money is well spend or invested into a right soil Lab test concept with the key people behind, in my case the Southern Cross University, understanding more as just nutrients, but about such new farming systems where we include soil biology aims, predictions and outcomes with good results. The University at Lismore NSW is launching 6,7,8 of November a national conference on Biological Agriculture bringing experts as speakers from Australia and from the world together. We have influenced, assisted, consulted, researched, learned and directed when I started in 1975 in Germany, and this final system I started 12 years ago to get this info right from the start. It has now a long proven record, soil audit became a key stone essential when starting and monitoring, like knowing total Reserve and Plant available Nutrients in kg/ha, an input program of priority and long term, having the right input products available to choose to build long lasting soil fertility with Biology without harming or polluting the environment.. Here from us producing soil re-mineralisation with inputs like Fused by heat Calcium 24%, Magnesium10%, Phosphate 8% and Silica with over 40%, if needed Aglime is used to balance Calcium, Sulphate of Potash is preferred if Potash is needed, address Boron deficiency with a stable slow release natural mined source and if needed address Sulphur alone with a natural input of high quality of high concentration but slow release, if no Sulphate of Potassium is needed. Inputs become plant available in its break down process. Heat fused FCMP is the only heavy metal free product on the market combined with introduced inoculated Soil Biology in Formula 1 to achieve > soil mineral balance and achieve soil biology to better soil health supporting > nutrient dense pastures > with pasture health and less input needs on fungi and or insecticides > reflecting to better livestock production and animal health >>>>>>>>>>>>> and this chain is supporting to produce clean catchments and food products which can be ticked off as fit for human consumption same time supporting human health! This may sound heavy, but this is the connection and the importance or the message behind a domino effect falling into the right direction. Take the time to watch the first of three 3 films, enjoy!
Kind Regards Ludwig Mueller 02 6585 0381 or 0431 133 833
FILM MAKER: MANFRED DRUSCHOWITZ
To watch the film please view the following videos.
Film Part 1, 2 and 3
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INDEPENDENT DAIRY BENCHMARKING
The independent Dairy benchmarking comparison project (below) in Gippsland shows the results of the TNN farming enterprise system compared with Dairies applying mainstream agriculture over three years.
The positive outcomes below are the results of optimising the performance in soil, plant and animal production.