The effect of a low rate of lime on North Island hill country pasture and animal production and the economics of use
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 41, pp 82-87, Jan 1981
Article class: Conference Presentation
Subject Terms: Animal production/wastage, Bodyweight/liveweight/condition score, Environment, Farm/farm management, Fertiliser, Finance/economics, Growth/development, Integument/skin/wool/hair/fur/feather, Minerals/elememts, Nutrition/metabolism, Pasture/crop, Reproduction, Soil/sand, Twinning/parityNew Zealand Society of Animal Production
AbstractA low rate of lime on a steep hill country soil near Te Kuiti increased pasture and animal production. There was no response for 15 months but thereafter lime increased liveweights by approximately 5 kg/ewe, fleece weight by 0.5 - 0.6 kg/ewe and lamb liveweight at weaning by at least 6%, enabling earlier drafts to be taken. The response appeared to be due to an increased pasture production rather than any improvement in pasture quality. An economic appraisal of the results suggests lime usage is very profitable.
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