Review by Patrick Francis
The Wongwibinda, Northern Tablelands New South Wales fertiliser trial was established through local farmer interest in composts as an alternative source of phosphorus and other plant nutrients to chemical fertilisers for lifting and maintaining livestock productivity on pasture. Unfortunately the trial has produced biased results because the rates of phosphorus applied with superphosphate are significantly higher than those applied with composts. The trial site was considered to be phosphorus deficient.
Comment by Patrick Francis. The latest expose showing cattle being killed with a sledge hammer in a Vietnamese abattoir, highlights the inability of the Australian government’s Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System to prevent animal cruelty.
By Lisa Miller. Soil monitoring through the Corangamite soil monitoring program and trial sites shows soil acidification issues are not limited to the topsoil (0-10cm) but commonly extend to 10-20cm in all soils types, indicating our liming practices are not keeping pace with acidification rates.
Comment by Patrick Francis. I am continually challenged by how conventional agricultural science has simplified phosphorus fertiliser applications for maintaining or increasing plant production in an incredibly complex soil medium where interactions are only partly understood.
The marketability of wool from mulesed sheep where the operation is undertaken without pain relief is declining and the same may not be far off for Merino wool from sheep mulesed with pain relief. By Patrick Francis