Frequently asked questions
These are all indicators that your stock may require a stock supplement.
- Excessive worm burden
- Poor weight gain
- Staggers, scours
- Stock unable to digest dry fibrous foods
- Difficulty falling pregnant
- Suffer from birthing difficulties
Although extra supplementation may be required anytime that your stock are under stress such as Joining and birthing, or when there is a lack of good quality feed.
Often essential nutrients are locked up or lacking in the soil that the Feed is grown in. Which means that the plants are not able to take up all of the nutrients. Which in turn means the stock often don’t get the full array of elements they need to provide for their ultimate health.
If so then stock can struggle to obtain adequate nutrition from pasture and conserved feeds. Also contributing to this is cold or excessive wet conditions, a lack of sunlight, summer drought, or feed could be excessively dry and fibrous or of poor quality.
So, in supplementing animals with Vitec Kelp based Stock Supplements the animals will receive more than 60 trace elements which will help the animals perform in many different ways.
For the best results drench at least two hours post deworming. (Note. Deworming and Min-Kel can be used in conjunction if not practical to drench two hours post de worming. Although results may be reduced.)
When a de wormer is used, it not only kills parasitic worms in the digestive system. It also reduces bacteria in the stocks digestive system. By allowing some time between deworming and drenching the Min-Kel can help to re-establish the beneficial microbes in the stocks digestive system.
We recommend that you check with your local vet the amount of copper that you use as it can accumulate and has been thought to be toxic in some cases. Min-Kel contains small amounts of copper.
Vitec Min-Kel has a seaweed base. It is fortified with Vitamin A, D, E and extra trace minerals.
The seaweed in Vitec Min-Kel is liquefied using Vitec’s unique process. In this process all of the complex nutrients of the original seaweed are made available to stock.
Therefore, it is entirely digestible and a natural product. It keeps animals healthy naturally, in turn often reducing the need for chemical de wormers and other costly vetinary treatments.
It is approved and certified organic by NASAA The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia
A background dose is a regular drench given while the animals are not under stress.
If under stress, background dose can be increased by 5 for Vitec Min-Kel Stock supplement and Vitec Apple Cider Vinegar. (See Vitec Min-Kel sheet)
Vitec Fertilisers are completely safe to the farmer, the crop, and the wider environment.
Vitec Fertilisers are certified organic by NASAA The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia
Vitec Fish is manufactured from 100% ocean fish hydrolysate, made from the waste of Australia fish ensuring that all the fish is used after fillets have been used to sell for food.
Vitec Kelp is manufactured in Australia from only Austalian Bull Kelp directly from the shores of King Island.
A product friendly to the environment.
Vitec Fertiliser works in 4 ways.
- When Vitec Fertiliser is applied to the soil it stimulates the organic life of the soil (Fungi, bacteria, earthworms, ect) This helps to release the locked-up nutrients from the Soil and organic material. The nutrients that have been released in this way are not forced on the plant like some soluble chemical fertilisers.
- Vitec Fertiliser the soil organisms for the plants to feed on naturally. This boost of nutrition stimulates the roots to release more sugars. These sugars in turn stimulate adjacent actinomycetes and other organisms. In turn this will increase the release of nutrients available for the plant. From the organic and mineral fractions of the soil.
- Vitec Fertiliser applied to the foliage also encourages a “Bloom” of harmless bacteria on the surface of the foliage. Many of these bacteria actively suppress the establishment of fungi such as the mildews.
- By encouraging natural unforced growth Vitec Fertiliser will assist raising sugar levels and preventing excessive nitrogen levels in produce. These are the two most critical factors in natural pest resistance and improved shelf life.
For a slightly acid soil, spray an application of Fish, Combo or Combo Plus Fertiliser and our sprayable lime (1 x 25kg bag per hectare) This improves microbial activity, helps balance the soil and raise the pH on a temporary basis.
Using Vitec Fish Fertiliser will also increase pH, by increasing microbes which aerate the soil.
pH is a measure of the hydrogen ion concentration of a solution.
Solutions with a high concentration of hydrogen ions have a low pH. (Acidic)
Solutions with a low concentrations of hydrogen ions have a high pH. (Alkaline)
If your soil is too acidic then you can reduce the Hydrogen by using Calcium products or by aeration.
If your soil is too Alkaline then adding a agricultural sulphur can reduce the pH.
We have test kits available for you to try at home.
The test kit is from SWEP Soil Testing Lab, easy to use and once the test is complete we can then go through your results to help you balance your soil for maximum potential.
Send us an email and we can organise to send you out a soil test kit.
A soil test is helpful to find out what nutrients you have in your soil. This will help to find which nutrients or actions that are required to balance the soil.
Having a balanced soil will make the supplements applied to your soil more affective. Giving you a better return on investment in Vitec Fertilisers.
Having in balance soils will ensure that the feed you grow is highly nutritious and the best possible quality for your livestock.
Vitec Combo is the best product spray directly on your Vegetable garden.
Vitec Kelp is best applied directly to the soil to increase microbial activity.
Mixed 45ml in a 9Lt watering and apply to the plant foliage every 1-2 weeks.
Many commercial flower and vegetable growers use Vitec Fertilisers.
Soil application– 10-20 litres per hectare.
Foliar application– 5-10 litres per hectare.
These rates general and depending on your pasture and crop rates may vary.
Fertigation on Soil may be best at 10-20 litres per hectare each watering.
Foliar application 5 litres per hectare every 2-3 weeks.
For smaller home gardens, mix 45ml in a 9Lt watering and apply to the plant foliage.
A little bit, often. This will ensure the best results.
On soil/pasture once or twice per year – Spring and Autumn
Through fertigation. A little bit each watering or every second watering whatever suits best. Small amounts often are better than larger infrequent lots.
On foliar, horticulture and vegetables an application is best about every 2-3 weeks.
Home gardeners, once per fortnight on vegetables. Roses every 2-3 weeks.
There is no general rule as some farmers see quick results. Others report slower progress needing to put out 2-3 applications before a result is evident.
Small quantities can be applied using hand sprays or a watering can.
For commercial application the use of a boom spray, field jet or fertigation equipment is required.
With boom sprays or other spray equipment it is advisable to remove any fine filters, otherwise the products may cause some restriction on the filters.
Vitec Fish Fertiliser is not denatured by poor processing methods.
Vitec Fish Fertiliser provides more nutrients, it can be used in a variety of spray equipment and our price is extremely competitive.
There are approximately 50 trace elements in Vitec Fish Fertiliser.
When applied to the soil, this acts as food for microbes. This in turn helps the soil balance and makes a healthier soil, encouraging earthworms.