Case Study | Farming and Gardening

Blessings Farm – Pasture Improvement​ and Home Garden

Context

SoiLife was engaged to assist with pasture management and the house garden at a Cattle Farm in Pumpenbil, NSW. The farmer had concerns with compaction and the poor quality of the pasture.

The farm had a history of heavy chemical and fertiliser usage, ticks were a huge issue and the farmer wanted to improve the health of the cattle at the same time as building soil structure and alleviating compaction.

The farmers also wanted to provide for themselves by growing food at the house and needed assistance with developing the soil, reducing compaction and providing healthy plants for them to eat.

Plants species

Farmhouse garden, citrus. Mixed pasture species

Soil type:

Clay loam, moderate compaction

Location

Tweed Shire, NSW

Challenge

The farm had suffered from overgrazing and high usage of chemical and fertiliser inputs, severely reducing the biology found within the soil. This reduced biology had led to the ground becoming increasingly compacted and the carrying capacity of the land reduced.

Goals

1. Reduce compaction of soil and improve drainage and overall structure

2. Improve the nutrient availability in the pasture

3. Improve the output of the farmhouse garden

 

Pasture Treatment regime: 20ha at 50L/ha​

 

3 year Program – 3 treatments per year

SoiLife Results

SoiLife treated the Farm over three years. At the end of the first year and three treatments a positive improvement through biology was seen in the soil structure, pH, pasture plant composition, and healthier cattle.

Ticks were no longer an issue and no further tick treatments of the cattle were required. (Results came after first year)

 

The farmhouse garden improved yields and soil structure.

Year 1

Ticks disappeared

Soil pH and structure beginning to balance

Year 2

Water holding

Improved water retention in paddocks and farm garden improved

Year 3

Healthy farm

Soil and animals healthy and thriving​

Pasture improved

The structure and health of the soil improved in the farm garden

Gardening in the farm garden became easier and the fruit taste improved.

Farm conditions for pasture and water holding capacity improved.

Even in shaded areas the pasture health was improved

Farm conditions for pasture and water holding capacity improved.​

House lawns and gardens improved

Yard areas reduced compaction and pasture improved

“After the first year of treatment, we saw a large change in the quality of the pasture. What we also saw was that there was much less standing water, so the compaction had really been reduced. We handpicked a lot of the fireweed and Parramatta Grass which did not return after we applied SoiLife.”

Nalini Watson, Cattle Farmer

Pumpenbil, NSW

Year 1

Ticks disappeared

Soil pH and structure beginning to balance

Year 2

Water holding

Improved water retention in paddocks and farm garden improved

Year 3

Healthy farm

Soil and animals healthy and thriving​

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