In the latest edition of Country Wide NZ, Matt Buckley discusses how he is increasing production of his bull beef business with the help of software tools and an AgFirst facilitated group dedicated to benchmarking and the numbers.
This year he expects production to reach 345kg/-ha a big increase from the 260kg not product/ha generated in previous years.
For the 2020-21 season he is forecasting another 25-30kg/ha lift as the benefits of capital fertiliser, increased subdivision and the change in buying policy continue to accrue.
It was the AgFirst Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Group that provided the impetus to transform the bull beef system.
Facilitated by AgFirst Consultant Steven Howarth, the King Country group was formed three years ago with a focus on benchmarking using FARMAX.
FARMAX has become a powerful tool for Matt’s business, all aspects of the operation including pasture growth, soil fertility, and animal live weight are recorded in the programme- the more you put into it the more you get out of it!
Full article originally published in Country Wide NZ, August 2020 Edition.