Seaton Farming, Mixed Cropping and fattening - Aylesbury Christchurch

We have been using Viafos from Sustainable Soils since spring of 2012.
We approached Calvin from Sustainable Soils when we were looking for an alternative to Super phosphate to use on our mixed cropping and fattening farm. Calvin started with an in-depth soil test which included trace minerals and from this worked out a programme for us to improve our overall soil and plant health. The base of the fertiliser mixes came from the Viafos range, including Guano Phosphate (v10) and Potash 22 or the new K-PluS combo prill. We find these products easy to handle and with good spread width for applying to our crops. Since following the Sustainable Soils programme we have noticed that our stock seem to be a lot happier with good weight gains. The plants are a lot healthier meaning we don’t need as many sprays on our crops. The plants are greener and stronger and we use very little nitrogen.
Our yields are improving and we have had a few wins in the local winterfeed competitions over the last few years.
— Ashley & Warick Seaton - Aylesbury, Canterbury
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Kauru Hill North Otago -Dairy Farmers
12 th June 2017

We have been using Viafos and Sustainable Soils for 9 years. During this time, we have been farming with limited water and have noticed that the grass hangs on longer going into droughts and responds quicker when it rains. The fertiliser is a granulated product which we find easy to manage and apply in our own Cub spreader. It comes in Bulk or Bags depending on how much we need at a time, either smaller lots for crops or bulk for the pasture.

Calvin takes soil and herbage samples as and when required. As a result of these, he will make recommendations to optimise our farm’s fertility and production goals. Cow numbers and production has increased since we have been following Sustainable Soils recommendations.

— Clyde & Jan Douglas,800 Jersey Cows on O.A.D Oamaru, Clients since 2008

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Chris Petersen 


Deer Farmer - Client since 2013

Chris Petersen, current holder of the deer industry’s coveted Matuschka Award knows a thing or two about deer farming. The former chairman of the Deer Farmers’ Association in Fiordland is the first to admit, however, that he doesn’t always get it right.
Following his move to South Canterbury from Fiordland two years ago one of his first moves was to spread a load of Sulphur Super onto his newly acquired Highden Deer Park, a 126-hectare former cropping farm near Pleasant Point.
“Could have been the levels of Urea, low lime levels or a whole host of things, but we basically had very underperforming paddocks the next spring,” said Chris. Following soil tests a local soil consultant suggested using lime and switching to Viafos V10, a natural guano based phosphate.
The results exceeded his expectations. “I cut 100 tonnes more silage this spring off the same paddocks as last year, about 26 hectares. The silage contractor was pretty impressed as other farms in the area were only cutting half of what they got last year.” Chris also ran his 33 trophy stags and seven sire stags in two of the paddocks.
“The product is easy to use and can be applied even in summer conditions. We also had plenty of clover which was also rare for the area this year as a lot of farmers around me suffered from clover root weevil and I know other farmers using this product are getting similar results with clover.”
But for Chris the end game is about the health and growth of his 800 plus deer. “I am looking more for animal health than having heaps of grass. My deer this winter are in the best condition I’ve had with Red Hinds coming in at up to 150 kilograms and some of my red fawns close to 100 kilograms.”
He attributes his good fortune to the right inputs. “Healthy soil equals healthy animals. And this year with an early winter the farm looked a picture even though I had 100 extra hinds on it.”


Goldwyn Farm Ltd, Sheep & Beef - Kurow
— Ken & Micheal Paterson, Clients since winter 2012