Research

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We like the long term implications Biohelp offers and the low risk integrated approach. What they said would happen is happening
Birchbrook Ltd, Lincoln
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Bio helps trial work on pasture has been split into different categories.
The majority of our trials have been independently set up and measured.

Grass growth is dependent upon photosynthesis in the plant. Photosynthesis creates energy within the leaves of the plant which is then used to create what we call pasture growth. All fertilisers and biostimulants work by accentuating the natural level of photosynthesis of the plant. 3 main factors affect photosynthesis - weather, soil depth plus nutrient status and plant leaf area post grazing.
A 30% increase in growth is far more obvious and gives larger measurements when the natural plant growth levels are 100Kg dry matter per hectare per day (eg sunny spring growth on good soil with 10/10 moisture levels) compared to 15kgDry matter per hectare per day (eg. hot summer conditions on poor soil with 1/10 soil moisture levels) .

Biohelp has always maintained that its not the best results under the best conditions that should be focused on as these are often misrepresentations of the majority of farm situations. Biohelps has been unique among biological and liquid fertiliser companies with regard to its willingness to trial under both good and poor growing conditions. Plus we have measured strong regrowth under both good and poor growing conditions.

We have separated some of our extensive trial data into seperate categories. Many trials were done where Urea was the control. In these situations we have assumed an industry standard response of 10% dry matter from the Urea.

Good weather good soil - The fastest growth responses are obtained under ideal growing conditions.
poor weather poor soil - Biohelp still performs under more difficult growing conditions as these trials showed.

regrowth after the first to third grazing - Consistently better pasture regrowth gives Biohelp a competitive edge in the market and creates unbeatable economic advantages .

long term response past 6-12 months. - Fertiliser rarely gives growth advantages beyond 4 months regardless of whether its solid, liquid or biological. Biohelp can still be giving great gains in growth 6-14 months after application as these independent field studies proved.


Biohelp Research Trials
Research Trial Results for SHEEP


LAMBEX AT TAILING
Treatment and observation : Although this isn’t a formal trial we thought this feed back would be valuable for farmers wanting to get lambs to the works faster. A Fairlie farmer (known to be a good stockman) treated all his lambs at tailing with 2mls of Lambex. In spite of an average lamb growing season he got an astonishing 92% away to the works in the first draft. In the past he would have been very pleased with 50%. 2mls of Lambex at tailing meant he received price advantages for early lamb, plus with less mouths to feed, the paddocks could recover faster and generate more valuable feed prior to summers dry period.  I big gain overall.


LAMBEX PRE WEANING + 75gm/DAY  +49% more drafted
Aim:  A farmer ran his own trial to test the benefits of lambex against an opposition product made by another company in the market( for courtesy reasons we won’t name this product). He forwarded us the results.The farmer has a reputation for being a good stockman and has a history of being one of the first in the Timaru district to get his lambs away to the works. The season was average for lamb fattening. Their were no dirty lambs in the flock indicating feed quality was good. Weaning was 3 weeks earlier than normal due to concerns that poor spring pasture growth would create a feed shortage down the track. The price schedule for early lambs was high as well.

Treatment: 3mls of each product drenched 21 days prior to weaning. 15 lambs were chosen for treatment and individual weights recorded to get an average for the group. The average starting weights between each group ranged from 23.4 –26.4 kg. All lambs were the same sex.


Yields: average liveweight growth over 21 days control  275gm/day  Lambex 350gm/day (+75gm/day)  Other product 265gm/day (–10gm/day)

Drafting percentages:  at 77days control 14% Lambex 63% Other product 14%.

Key Observations: In addition to better growth, Lambex treated lambs were noticeably softer/sappier so the drafter took more lambs.


After weaning: At weaning the official part of his trial was over. After measuring the weaning weights and seeing the results of Lambex Farmer X treated all the remaining lambs in his flock in order to get rid of them as fast as possible. Both him and his wife noticed how quickly the lambs settled after weaning. Within 2 days they were happily eating and showed no sign of missing the ewes (who were calling out for them at the end of the farm). 14 days later 50 more lambs were brought in for inspection by the drafter. To their amazement the lambs had not gone into their usual decline at weaning (often called hardening) so the drafter took 49 out of 50. 

Location: Timaru.


Research Trial Results for CALF SUPREME


CALVES 8 INCHES TALLER AT SHOULDER
Results: Treated calves grew 8 inches taller at shoulder by weaning with no loose manure or health problems.

Treatment: Calf Supreme

Trial details: 10 calves treated . Farmers field trial. After an outbreak of loose manure a farmer trialed Calf Supreme against rival product. Within 48hours Calf Supreme treated calves had returned to normal bowel movements, with little improvement in groups treated with rival product. He kept using Calf Supreme until weaning. Height and health differences were obvious with height easily measured.