Farm Field Day & Soil Health Workshop

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Date(s) - 25/02/2016
9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Ratanui Farm


  • Discover the methods & benefits of biological farm fertility management
  • Learn about soil health & function for quality pastures, stock and crops
  • Interactive Soil Health Workshop with agro-ecologist Nicole Masters from Integrity Soils
  • Hear about Ratanui Farms experience using biological soil fertility methods & inputs since 2005.

Thursday 25th February

9.30am – Workshop commencing 9.45am to 1.30pm

Morning Tea and light lunch provided

Ratanui Farm (Bill Hunt), 114 State Highway 1, OTAKI

Gold coin donation or Koha for Canteen

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Interactive Soil Health Workshop information

The field day soil health workshop will involve hands-on participation whereby you will learn how assess the current state of your soil and equip you with knowledge to self-monitor soil and pasture health.

Nicole Masters, Integrity Soils, is an agro-ecologist with over 16 years’ extensive practical and theoretical experience in regenerative/biological farming practices. Recognised as a dynamic and grounded educator, she brings cutting edge sound science to a topic which has relevance to anyone interested in improving the efficiency of inputs whilst improving profitability and resilience. “You can have your cake and eat it too!” Since 2003 she has taught these practices throughout Australasia and North America; helping to inspire and guide farmers into new and innovative ways to produce food.

You may have seen her articles in Straight Furrow, Dairy Exporter or international rural publications.

Feedback from other workshops
“This presentation has completely changed my future thinking of my farm fertiliser requirements.”

“Thank you very much for organising the workshop today! It had been a while for me that I had looked into the ‘mechanics’ of using soil biology for growing resilient soil. Today has inspired me to give it more attention.”

About Bill Hunt – Ratanui Farm

Bill Hunt has been running the 117ha multi-generation family dairy farm since 1978. In 2014 Bill changed from dairy to mixed age beef production. Always recognising the value of free nitrogen from the air Bill has never used urea, instead preferring to work with nature. Bill embraced biological soil fertility management under guidance from Biological Farm Advisor Tony Robinson of BioAg commencing in 2005.

BioAg is a privately owned company based in New Zealand and Australia specialising in advanced microbial ferment technology for enhanced soil, crop, stock and pasture health and performance. Our partners, Steven Haswell (NZ), Anton Barton (Aus) and retired founding partner Jeptha Gates (USA) have combined international agronomy experience in biological agriculture and horticulture systems spanning over 40 years.

In addition to manufacturing and supplying unique biological cultures and bio-active RPR based solid fertilisers BioAg provides complete soil, crop and pasture fertility programmes based on comprehensive soil sampling, visual soil assessments and crop, pasture or stock indicators and farmer objectives.

BioAg focuses on the biological function of soils to enhance animal, crop or pasture production whilst contributing to nutritional density, fertiliser efficiency, farm profitability and environmental performance.

We are justly proud of our motto. Better soils. Better crops. Better stock.™