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Sheep, Beef & Deer

We offer the best technology available today for increasing farm profit and solving environmental issues without stock reductions. We work with our clients to find practical, easy to implement solutions for your business.

Biohelp’s soil microorganisms can play a major role in pastural farming in reducing financial, environmental and climate stresses.

Biohelp optimises the response from applied fertiliser and can help a farmer to get at the nutrients in his soil reserves. A 50kg sheep and 1000kg beef animal contains around 300gm and 2000gm of phosphate respectively.
In most situations fertiliser applications have been over 4 times this volume every year. So a large reserve has built up in most soils, 3 to 10 times whats removed. Therefore you can reduce your fertiliser input buy 2/3 or whatever your comfort levels, soil type, fertiliser history and pasture production needs.

In addition to Biohelp some people choose to leave small amounts of fertiliser in their fertiliser program and some remove it all together. We simply set up a platform to allow for both choices to work well from a production point of view.

Pressure is now on farming to reduce fertiliser inputs. We have 20years of experience in being able to do this safely and with proven results.
This is particularly important in areas where phosphate use is restricted or is a high risk environmental issue.

Biohelp allows you to retain your farm management practices while solving environmental pressures.

Reduced Debt pressures

By targeting the volume and quality of pasture Biohelp has been able to increase production in many pastoral farms by 20-50% over just 2-4 years. The key to this is re-arranging the groups of dominant microorganisms in the soil. They in turn help to control :
pasture quality and the conversion of pasture to protein.
nitrogen fixation,
the speed and longevity of pasture regrowth
Photosynthesis and nutrient release from the soil,
soil temperatures and the length of the growing season
increase the energy content of the pasture.
Growth rates,
Birth rates,
Bearing ewes,
and even drenching requirements

All our clients have seen a significant change over 1-4 years.

case reports

An intensive deer farm, in the Manapouri area applied 3L/Ha of Biohelps Microlife to half paddocks, initially to combat grass grub. The growth rates of the treated area were 100% greater than the untreated area. The extra growth rates in the deer paid for the Biohelp in just 6 weeks. Grass grub issues across the farm were drastically changed and the farm went from strength to strength.

Sheep: Intensive sheep farm in southland had long history of fertiliser applications. The initial motivation was to change the number of lambs that had to be dagged each year and bearing ewes. After 2 years, there were no bearing ewes, dagging had reduced from 90% to just 5% , lamb weights had increased 2-3 kg in the same time frame, he reduced drenching 50%, and increased the stocking rate by 30% to well above the average for Southland. Traditionally in July the property was always 2 deg C colder than the Winton soil temperature readings. After 3 years of Biohelp’s Pasture Grow the soils were 1 degC warmer. The farm grew a little more grass through the winter and came away earlier in Spring. Fertiliser was no longer required to get a spring flush and Autumn flush to fatten lambs and flush the ewes. Biohelp was 1/3 of the price of his fertiliser program.

Sheep: A sheep farm near Fairlie ran a trial to compare the lamb fattening performance of Biohelp against fine particle fertiliser (FPA). The FPA contained minerals like cobalt and zinc for extra animal health, significant amounts of liquid Urea and a biological product. Biohelp contained 4units of N and no other minerals. This first 6 weeks saw no obvious difference between treatments then the FPA fell away. regrowth was quite superior on the Biohelp paddocks. 30% of the stock on the FPA area had to be removed as they couldn’t feed them. At the first draft Biohelp had fattened 123 lambs and FPA only 23. This trial really shows the incredibly potential of Biohelp and highlights how little we have all known about the influence of soil micro-organisms on animal growth.

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regrowth after the first to third grazing
Consistently better pasture regrowth gives Biohelp a competitive edge in the market
and creates unbeatable economic advantages.
long term response past 6-12 months. - Fertiliser rarely gives growth advantages beyond 4 months regardless of whether its solid, liquid or biological. Biohelp can still be giving great gains in growth 6-14 months after application.

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By targeting the volume and quality of pasture Biohelp has been able to increase production in many pastoral farms by
20-50% over just 2-4 years.

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These trials were done against untreated areas on sheep farms. They are only the 1st 4-5 weeks of growth, and considerable re-growth followed. Please also refer to the graphs on the Dairy page.
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Reducing environmental pressure
Sheep farming has environmental impacts from the runoff of fertiliser and nitrogen in the urine. Sheep and cows excrete nitrogen in the same manner. Therefore the benefits of Biohelp on leaching and nitrous oxide emissions will be as significant for the sheep industry as it is for the dairy industry. The following study should be of interest to all sheep farmers.

Biohelp reduced leaching 67% from lactating cows.
A peer reviewed comparison study against conventional fertiliser application rates (150KgN/Ha) has shown the use of Biohelp reduced the potential leaching from cow urine by 67%. This was in in spite of 90KgN/Ha being applied to a Biohelp paddock (Hobson, 2019). Pasture production was significantly improved (61vs 45 KgDM/Ha/day) and there was less overall cost.

Cows on winter Kale produced Urine with such low levels of Nitrogen that the predicted leaching would be less than 3KgN/ha. (Hobson, 2018) The Kale was grown with Biohelp and Chicken litter. Conventional fertilised kale produced leaching of 53-83 KgN/Ha (Ravera 2014 , Farrell 2015 ).

Carbon Emissions
The cost associated with the farms carbon footprint can’t be ignored no matter how stressful it appears today. You could easily have a carbon emissions cost of 25-50cents/Kg milk solids at the current average carbon outputs. We have solutions.
When the data from the leaching study mentioned above was applied to Lincoln University’s carbon calculator, reducing fertiliser and nitrous oxide emissions dropped the carbon emissions by a 29% .This is well beyond the 10% target the government has set for 2030.
Interestingly, as a comparison, reducing stock numbers from 4.5 to 3.5 cows/Ha and maintaining 200KgN fertiliser reduced CO2 emissions by only 523 tons/Ha or 19%. Several hundred thousand dollars in reduced income would also occur from less stock.
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Better lamb performance Supports healthier digestion and therefore less dagging Supports stronger lamb health Better net profits Improves feed utilisation Great for boosting lamb growth (30 to 55%)