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Soil Microbes for Sustainable Farming Soil is a living environment and is made up of an incredibly complex mixture of mineral particles, nutrients, organic matter, water, air, and a diverse assortment of living organisms. After decades of farming, we have seen the decline in nutrient availability, fertility,...

Goat Nutrition Appropriate nutrition is essential for the health and productivity of all animals and is the foundation of any successful production system, therefore, a focus on goat nutrition will help establish a profitable enterprise regardless of whether it is focused on meat, fibre, or milk...

It’s no secret that your land is one of your greatest assets, and the quality of your soil can have an instrumental impact on the value of your property. Land value is largely determined by its productivity, therefore implementing a soil management program and investing...

Interesting Facts Chromium (Cr) was discovered by the Frenchman Louis Nicolas Vauquelin in 1797 and was named for the Greek word chroma meaning colour. Chromium is a blue-white metal that is hard, brittle, and resistant to corrosion. Chromium can be polished to form a very shiny...

Interesting Facts Sodium (Na) is an alkali metal that is silvery-white and comprises about 2.6% of the earth’s crust. Sodium was named after the English word soda and from the Medieval Latin word sodanum, meaning “headache remedy” (Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility - Office of Science...

Having a horse with a beautiful, sleek and shiny coat that reflects its health and vitality is what most horse owners strive for.  If your horse’s coat is looking a bit dull, here are few simple steps to follow to help bring the bloom back...

The horse’s monogastric (single stomach) digestive system evolved to eat high fibre forages in small amounts for long periods of the day.  Take wild horses for example, they will graze for around 12 to 18 hours a day, eating a wide variety of different plants,...

In the New England region of NSW, merino sheep generally run on granite soils containing lower nutrient levels, in particular, phosphorus and sulphur can be limiting. Recent trials by AgSolutions and Miramoona Merinos producer, Kim Barnet, sought to determine the extra growth potential for merino...

Interesting Facts Copper is a shiny, reddish-brown metal and was named from the Greek word kyprios.  The only other non-silvery metal on the periodic table is gold, which has a yellowish colour.  The addition of copper to gold is how rose gold is made (Helmenstine, 2021). ...

Introduction Magnesium (Mg) is an essential macro mineral closely associated with calcium and phosphorus and constitutes approximately 0.05 percent of the body mass.  The skeleton stores sixty percent of body magnesium and about 30 percent can be found in muscle.  Magnesium is also an important ion...

As we approach the upcoming lambing season, it is important to carefully manage each factor contributing to your ewes’ nutrition and overall health to help improve conception rates at joining, increase the lambing percentage and maximise your breeding profitability. Simply put, ewes in a good...

One strategy to improve farm profitability within a sheep breeding enterprise is to improve conception rates at joining to increase the lambing percentage. Providing the key nutritional requirements for ewes and rams prior to and during joining, whilst undertaking simple management strategies can ensure better...