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MILBURN LIME LTD
Milburn Lime is one of New Zealand's top lime deposits
and is reputed to have the highest quality agricultural lime.
Lime has been supplied from our quarry since 1864
(formerly Dominion Lime & Phosphate Co.) and the lime
is exactly as it was all those years ago, still 95% PURE
(average) and still the whitest clay-free lime.
Milburn Lime is the wise
farmer's choice for the best
results and value.
Tel: 03 417 8228, Fax: 03 417 4009
West Otago Rep: Gordon Sim, 027 4715 614
We can supply processed Limestone
Knaprock for Cow Lanes in different grades
and mixes. We can supply competitively as
far south as Invercargill.
Low levels of calcium can affect milksolids
production, mating outcomes and growth
rates of young stock. Supplementing your
herd with Calcimate will keep them
performing at their peak and improve
your bottom line.
Find out your herd's
Cows absorb an average
of 70% of calcium in
with only 30% of calcium
in your pasture.
0800 107 475
Fertiliser Advertising Feature
New Zealanders are clever
A clever New Zealand Invention that can boost farm profits and reduce greenhouse
gas emissions is to be showcased at the International Conference for Agricultural
Biotechnology (ABIC) 2012.
It was discovered that membrane-bound
receptors in plants recognise when foreign
molecules are present and activate the plant's
immune system. We used this knowledge to
create new products that can be safely sprayed
onto animal and human food plants, resulting in
more growth and improved nutritional quality,
with no withholding period."
--- Indigo Ltd specialist Nathan Balasingham
By PETER OWENS
when sprayed on
pastures, vines and crops,
have the potential to
both boost food pro-
duction and profits, and
make our agriculture
truly clean and green,
according to Nathan
Balasingham of Indigo
Ltd, a New Zealand
specialist in agricultural
and environmental biotechnology.
Balasingham, who will outline the commercially
proven technology at the upcoming International
Conference for Agricult-
ural Biotechnology in
Rotorua, says that the
agricultural compound is
made from extracts of
coconut, soy bean and
"It tricks plants into
thinking they are under
attack. This stimulates
their immune systems
and results in more
vigorous growth and
higher quality pro-
duction," he says.
"This outcome is the
result of genome work in the 90s when it was
discovered that membrane-bound receptors in
plants recognise when foreign molecules are present
and activate the plant's immune system. We used
this knowledge to create new products that can be
safely sprayed onto animal and human food plants,
resulting in more growth and improved nutritional
quality, with no withholding period."
Balasingham's company, Indigo Ltd, has developed
three formulations for different types of agricultural
production. Biozest is for use by livestock farmers to
increase production and palatability of pasture, while
orchardists have already been using Agrizest, which
is formulated for woody plants. Indigo also has a
product, Nature's Curator, for home gardeners.
Farmers and orchardists say that soon after
application they can see and measure positive
changes in plant colour and vigour and animal
production. Within a few days of animals grazing
treated pasture, dairy factory returns show increases
in milk volume and milk solids.
The effect on the farmer's
bottom line is very
noticeable. Results from
ted dairy farm trials have
increases of more than
20% in pasture pro-
duction, higher milk
solids and net profit
increases of over $1000
per hectare. In kiwifruit
orchards the benefit can
be much higher -- around
$5000 per hectare.
Treating pasture with Biozest improves rumen
protein retention by stock, which leads to increased
milk and meat production. In addition, less urea is
excreted and so soil
nitrogen loading and
leaching are reduced as
are emissions of the
greenhouse gas nitrous
oxide. Methane gener-
ation in the rumen is also
Balasingham sees the use
of the products as a win
for farmer profits, the
environment and for the
country's 'clean green'
"There is now good
and track records backing the effectiveness of the
technology, and strong support from farmer and
orchardist users" he says.
He hopes that his Conference presentation will lead
to the relevant Crown Research Institute measuring
lowered greenhouse gas levels from treated pasture.
With such proof, markets in other countries such as
China, India and South America are likely to see
Biozest as a quick and safe way to improve their
emission levels. This represents a huge potential
market providing both profits and environmental
kudos to New Zealand.
The ABIC 2012 will be attended by scientists,
international technology scouts and venture capital
companies. Indigo's goal is to license multinational
agricultural chemical companies to market the
product overseas, and see this presentation as a
great opportunity to pitch these products to relevant
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