13 Oct Dairy Farmer applies REMIN
Chris McDonald of Bays Leap Dairy Farm near Newcastle is not afraid to try out new ideas with his success with the Roundhouses for their cattle being a good example of this. With Bays Leap going through organic conversion with Organic Farmers and Growers certifying authority, Chris learned about REMIN volcanic rock dust as one of the soil improvers OF&G approve for certified soil . “It makes sense.” states Chris McDonald, “Each year our cows eat the pasture, and even with spreading of farm yard manure, we only put back a small amount of the minerals taken out by the grass so the soil is bound to be getting short of the rarer minerals as there is not an endless supply. REMIN contains the full profile of Minerals and Trace elements that as well as boosting the plants will also boost the soils living organisms to do their important job in the soil.” Chris uses a Refractomer, supplied as one of the free educational gifts with bulk REMIN to assess the Brix Reading of his pasture.
At its most basic a Brix reading is a measure of the density of the sap of the tissue of the plant and this is thought to be directly correlated to the sugar and mineral content of the plant. One of the best explanations I have found is on the Bionutrient Food Association website and this shows us a very useful chart for which to compare our refractometer readings.