Running into issues with limestone on his farm created an opportunity for Yorke Peninsula farmer Brenton McRae.
By removing the hard sheet limestone and then restoring the top soil back on top, he not only improved his soil quality but also created a new market.
The limestone is used for PM2 material, which is utilised in building and upgrading roads, as well as house bases.
“I expect to produce 375,000 tonnes across the next 10 years,” he said.
The material is in strong demand from the building industry.
“I’ll only be doing three hectares at a time and then rehabilitating the ground,” Mr McRae said.
As well as using lucerne for his livestock enterprises, Mr McRae is also sowing a pasture blend tailored to YP.
The blend is made up of 45 per cent dryland ryegrass, 20pc Australis phalaris, 10pc Cavalier medic, 10pc SARDI Persian clover and 5pc Cobra balansa clover.
It was developed to provide quick establishment, excellent feed value and good heat tolerance for summer growth.
Image: Brenton McRae says Lowline cattle suit his Yorke Peninsula property, both for their meat yield and quiet temperament, courtesy of the Stock Journal.
Farm improvement creates opportunity
June 28, 2018