Frequently asked questions

VITEC FAQ’S

How do I know my animals need stock supplements?

Why use stock supplements?

Can worm drenches be used with Min-Kel?

Can I use Min-Kel in water troughs as well as copper sulphate for the control of algae?

What is the main quality of Min-Kel?

What is meant by a background dose?

What are the environmental effects of using Vitec Fertilisers?

Exactly how does Vitec Fish Fertiliser work (how is it taken up, where does it act in the plant)?

What should I do for an acid soil?

What is pH?

How do I do a soil test?

Why do I need a soil test?

Can I use Vitec Fertiliser for my vegetable garden?

What rates do you apply Vitec Fertiliser?

How often should I apply Vitec Fertilisers?

How long will it take until I see a result?

Are Vitec Fertiliser easy to apply?

How does Vitec Fish Fertiliser compare with other Fish fertilisers?

What is in the Vitec Fish Fertiliser?

 

 

How do I know my animals need stock supplements?

These are all indicators that your stock may require a stock supplement.

  • Excessive worm burden
  • Poor weight gain
  • Eye, foot, 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 mating and birthing times, or when there is a lack of good quality feed.

 

Why use stock supplements?

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.

 

Can worm drenches be used with Min-Kel?

Yes,

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.

 

Can I use Min-Kel in water troughs as well as copper sulphate for the control of algae?

Yes,

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.

An alternative to this would be to use Hydrogen Peroxide which will take away the risk to stock of ingesting too much copper.

 

What is the main quality of Min-Kel?

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 cold enzymic 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

 

What is meant by a background dose?

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 Omega Fish Oil. (See Vitec Min-Kel sheet)

 

What are the environmental effects of using Vitec Fertilisers?

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. The process produces no odours of liquid effluents.

Vitec Kelp is manufactured in Australia from only Austalian Bull Kelp directly from the shores of King Island.

A product totally friendly to the environment.

 

Exactly how does Vitec Fish Fertiliser work (how is it taken up, where does it act in the plant)?

Vitec Fish Fert works in 4 ways.

  • When Vitec Fish Fert 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 Fish Fert 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 Fish Fert 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 Fish Fert 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.

 

What should I do for an acid soil?

For a slightly acid soil, spray a combination of Fish Fertiliser (Omega) 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.

 

What is pH?

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.

 

How do I do a soil test?

Look in our online store! 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.

Alternatively, we can arrange a soil test on your property.

 

Why do I need a soil test?

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 for the investment in Vitec Fertilisers.

 

Can I use Vitec Fertiliser for my vegetable garden?

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 1:100L with water and sprayed or poured on plant foliar every 1-2 weeks.

Many commercial flower and vegetable growers use our Vitec Fertilisers.

 

What rates do you apply Vitec Fertiliser?

Soil application– 20-30 litres per hectare.

Foliar application– 5-10 litres per hectare.

These rates general and depending on your pasture and crop rates may vary.

 

For example:

Fertigation on Soil may be best at 10-20 litres per hectare each watering.

Foliar application 3-5 litres per hectare every 2-3 weeks.

For smaller home gardens, Vitec fertilisers can be applied at a rate of 1:150 parts water each week.

 

How often should I apply Vitec Fertilisers?

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.

 

How long will it take until I see a result?

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.

 

Are Vitec Fertiliser easy to apply?

Yes,

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 Fish oils may cause some restriction on the filters.

 

How does Vitec Fish Fertiliser compare with other Fish Fertilisers?

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.

 

What is in the Vitec Fish Fertiliser?

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.