Neighbours Laughed At Organic Fertilisers...
About 4 years ago we bought a small block, just north of Wonthaggi.
It was an old dairy farm, that had no doubt had the standard super and potash year in and year out. We planted a fair bit of rye grass pasture seed and some oats in the autumn. They struck as per normal and we were very happy with our results...We were away for about six weeks and returned to find our new pastures, no more than 20mm high and were gutted. We had already put on DAP with the seed, but clearly there was more to it. After a lot of thought and research, we came across Russell and the team at Vitec. We did some soil tests and there were no huge abnormalities, and had nothing left to lose, so we tried some of Vitec’s Combo Plus and sprayable Lime. Within two weeks there was a visible difference. After six weeks we had heaps of feed.
The only problem we had was the ground was so water logged that we could not do anything with it. We decided to keep it for conserved fodder. As soon as we got on the paddocks again it got another 5L/Ha. This was just what it needed, and it went mad. The neighbours all used to laugh at me for using ORGANIC FERT, but they all commented on the amount of feed I had. The one thing that stood out to us was the return of worms and dung beetles. Before we cut our oats for silage it had grown to about six feet tall, and was too thick to walk through. From 8.5 acres, we cut 49 six-foot rolls, that weighed in about 700kg each.
Needless to say, we were stoked. Come time for the hay we ended up with over 4000 small squares, off about 20 ac. This nearly killed us all, carting them to the shed! This hay stayed sweet for 3 yrs. Our stock, including fussy race horses, would lick the ground to get every last crumb. I started using the Combo Plus on a place that I was overseeing. This property was a 3500ac beef and sheep enterprise, that had a very good maintence program in place. Yet they were still chasing every blade of grass year after year. We put on three applications of Combo Plus at 10L/Ha and again, within four months, we had feed coming out of our ears. We were able to lift our stocking rate and turn off better animals.
I can still remember one morning we had a frost that took until lunch time to lift and was set in again at about 5pm. We were the only people in the district that didn't lose any growth due to frost bite. Our paddocks stayed green, and the other side of the fence had yellow and red tips on their paddocks. The Combo Plus was put on with a boom spray and some paddocks with a plane. Today we run a Blonde d'Aquitaine stud, and our number one priority is to have top quality stock, at peak health 365 days a year. We also pride ourselves on finishing our bulls with minimal input of outside feeds. This is made possible by using Vitec fertilizers, and their animal health products.
I would highly recommend their products, and now have a number of neighbours seeing the difference in their own paddocks.
Tony, Shani, Billy & Max Hodges
Mirage ParkBlonde d'Aquitaines Lance Creek Vic
“They can’t do any better! It’s very economical”
I started my Wiltshire stud in 1994 and started using Vitec Min-Kel as a drench 3 years ago. I used it as a tonic prior to joining and prior to lambing and gave the sheep 20 mls of Vitec Min-Kel each. My sheep have blossomed and they even got too fat and have never looked back. I have a 200% lambing rate with twins and triplets and I also spray Vitec Min-Kel on the hay in drought conditions. For the last 2 years I have also mixed it with Vitec Organic Cider Vinegar and really they can’t do any better - there is nothing to improve on and furthermore it is very economical as I don’t feed grain. At any given opportunity I give my sheep Vitec Min-Kel and can highly recommend it.
Ros Henning, Strathvalley Wiltshire Stud, Yackandandah, Vic
Would You Believe 30ml of Vitec Min-Kel Clears Scours Immediately and 110ml Saves Ewes From Pregnancy Toxaemia?
My problem was that I was severely affected by drought for a two month period and ran out of feed and resorted to handfeeding my mob of 200 pregnant ewes. For a six week period I fed them grain and Lucerne hay but some didn’t take to it. Of a mob of 200 ewes 15 of them came down with pregnancy toxaemia.
My past experience over 20 years has been that I had never been able to save any with this problem despite administering a number of drugs prescribed from my vet. Then I remembered reading in Pat Coleby‘s book (“Healthy Sheep Naturally”) about a natural treatment for this problem and rang Vitec and spoke to Hugo.
I gave the affected ewes an initial dose of between 50-70 ml of Vitec Min-Kel at midday and noticed an improvement in the morning. I then gave them another dose of 40 ml that same morning and by lunchtime they were running around like normal.
Vitec TRIO Prevents Pregnancy Toxaemia.
Unfortunately it was too late for some of them as it was in one case six days since the ewe had eaten and as I didn’t have the Vitec Min-Kel on hand I had a 50% success rate. I brought in the rest of the mob and drenched them all with (Vitec TRIO) 25 ml of Vitec Min-Kel and Vitec Omega Fish Oil 25% and Vitec Organic Cider Vinegar 25% and I had no cases after that.
You need to be quick to assess the problem and treat them as soon as they go dopey. Scouring Cleared Immediately I have also used Vitec Min-Kel for some of my hoggets which had been scouring for 2 months and some had fly strike. I crutched them and gave them 30 ml of Vitec Min-Kel and the scouring immediately cleared up.
Mark Blaxland, Sheep Farmer, Tamworth, NSW.
What is The Secret of No Wool Break, Pregnancy Toxaemia Reduced to 1%, Feed Costs Reduced, Worm Drenching reduced to Once a Year, Lambs Have More Condition?
We’ve been drenching 300 ewes monthly with 5ml each of Vitec Min-Kel, Vitec Omega Fish Oil, and Vitec Organic Cider Vinegar (Vitec TRIO) and water since Spring and the results are fantastic. We breed super fine merinos and were having terrible trouble with breaks in the wool which is now no longer a problem. We also drench 250 wethers bi monthly for the improved wool.
Prior to this programme we had high rates of pregnancy toxaemia as we keep our good wool producers until 6 – 8 years old. The rate had been reduced to 5% using Olsen’s Lactovite blocks. However, since using the (Vitec TRIO) drench mix that rate has been cut to less than 1%. The lambs are also just doing so much better. They have much more condition and are converting feed into body weight much better resulting in reduced feed costs.
We have also reduced our worm drenching to once a year pre lambing, have cut out 2 in summer and drench the lambs at weaning.
Malcolm Shepherd Clark, Edgecombe, Vic.
“Hadn’t Been Able To Save a Sheep Before. Within Three Days She Was Back in the Paddock with Her Lamb.” What is the Simple, Natural Solution to Healthy Sheep.
We are lambing and because the grass is lacking nutrition, we drenched the ewes twice prior to lambing with (Vitec TRIO) a mix of 7ml Vitec Min-Kel, 7ml Vitec Omega Fish Oil and 8mlVitec Organic Cider Vinegar.
We had one ewe who had trouble lambing which left her with weak back legs. On reading Pat Coleby’s book (“Healthy Sheep Naturally”) I realised it was potassium deficient. So we brought her in and drenched her daily with the same mix as before. Within 3 days she was back in the paddock with her lamb. We hadn’t been able to save a sheep before.
The boys now carry a ready drench in a cattle syringe to catch any ewes with signs of weakness although to the eye they all look fat and healthy. The neighbour told me that his flock looks as though they have been chased by wild dogs and wanted to know what we were doing to ours. I did tell him but I don’t know whether he has followed our example.
Related by Rhonda Hick’s at Mt. Camel
“Sheep Go From Struggle to Motor”
(Vitec TRIO) certainly lived up to my expectations. “Last August/September I muelsed the sheep which was earlier than usual. It really knocked them around and took them, particularly the bigger ones, a month to settle down. They were still listless, walking around with their heads down and were really lacking energy.
So I decided to drench them with (Vitec TRIO) Vitec Min-Kel, Vitec Omega Fish Oil and Vitec Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Within 2 weeks they were completely different sheep going from struggle to motor. They healed properly and I am really pleased.
Now, every couple of weeks, I drench them with 5ml. of Vitec Min-Kel, 5 ml. Vitec Omega Fish Oil and some Vitec Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. The product certainly lived up to my expectations.
John Newham, Woodstock, NSW
“Worst Season since 1902 . . . Sheep in Good Condition”
Four years ago we bought our foundation flock of Perendales from Maureen Nissen who told us about the Vitec drench.
Our stud of 100 ewes plus our commercial flock of 200 ewes together 20 rams are now all recipients of a Vitec drench made up of Min-Kel, Omega Fish Oil and Organic Cider Vinegar. 7mls of each mixed together and dispensed through a backliner gun that has the ability to handle the combination easily. This year we have introduced NZ Genetics through an AI programme and the results have been fantastic given the seasonal conditions. The Vitec regime of once a month was started 3 months prior to lambing and the dosage was approx 20mls per ewe. Dose cost approximately $0.35 each ewe by 3 times over 3 months prior to lambing. We have 125% lambing across the flocks, AI at 75% and overall losses of 3 lambs and one ewe.
The ewes and their lambs are all looking great and we are out to weekly supplementary feeding and they are holding their own despite the lack of feed on the ground. As a comparison we have not used Vitec in our super fine merino flock and we have lost ewes and lambs even though they have had the same feed regime as our Perendales. These sheep will definitely be going onto Vitec straight after marking in several weeks to ensure a better result next year. This has been the worst season in the Hamilton District since 1902 and our Perendale sheep have come through in good condition we believe from the advice and use of Vitec product to maintain the health of our entire flock. Vitec provided a cost effective input and gave great outcome. Which equals more dollars on the “bottom line”.
Peter Fraser, “Summit Park”, Hamilton, Vic
Improved Conception rates and Quicker Recovery Rates Using the Vitec Trio.
Autumn is for many farmers the time for winter lambing or joining ewes for lambing in spring. Both events mean that the ewes need extra care and attention and their nutritional intake should be at a high level. Lactating ewes need to be built up, so they can continue feeding lambs well until weaning happens and ovulating ewes need extra good sustenance prior to being joined to assist their conception rate and keep them ovulation cycle positive.
Since I have been using VITEC products it has been apparent the conception rates have increased, with a higher percentage of lambs on the ground. (Perendales are more inclined than some sheep breeds though, to produce twin lambs.) The lambs are certainly more robust and lively since introducing a program of regular drenching with Min-Kel. The ewes also appear to produce a greater quantity of milk for their offspring and certainly manage to feed lambs for a longer period. (Depending on the amount of feed in the paddocks it has been necessary to leave lambs on their Mothers longer than is usual, so it helps if ewes are in good fettle to be able to carry them through.) The ewes also seem to lamb with greater ease and don’t suffer from pre or post lambing stress which is important.
Vitec Trio – Better Health and Less Chemical Drenching.
Originally the VITEC supplement was seaweed in fish emulsion which I was using but now that recipe has been changed and when necessary, I add omega fish oil and cider vinegar to the Min-Kel supplement for extra effectiveness. The combination mixture is very useful in the treatment of sheep who may appear to be unwell for whatever reason. There are times when you find an animal who is off their feed and not as bright and lively as it usually is. I have found that by administrating a dose of eighty or one hundred mils of Min-Kel with cider vinegar and fish oil will return the sheep to its wellbeing quite quickly. I also find I am not needing to give parasite drenches as often as I had been in the past which is a great plus. With the onset of lush feed in spring time it is often the case that sheep become too lose and if that isn’t checked it can lead to other unwanted problems, so again, a generous drench or maybe two of Min-Kel seems to repair the gut to normal function so that the nutrients in the spring feed can be used properly by the animals digestive system. A wee rider to this remedy is to add straight Raspberry cordial!
My lambs go straight into weaning with twenty mils of Min-Kel every week for a while, followed by every other week until they settle well from being apart from the ewes. It is a stressful time for the lambs and the stress can impede their growth rates considerably.
My thanks to Hugo and his wonderful staff for their assistance over the years, I really am very grateful.
Maureen Nissen, Perenguh Perendale Stud, Mansfield, Vic
Vitec Trio Used as Last Resort. It Worked!
Prior to purchasing Vitec products, I was very sceptical about the claims that Vitec put to their products (my husband Steve 100 times more so). We had a very nasty cold change the day we finished shearing. Stock that were already in poor condition due to drought became poorer. Drenching didn’t work nor did increasing their feed. As a last resort I rang Vitec by this time I was prepared to try anything.
The outcome was a cocktail of fish oil, Min Kel and Cider Vinegar. I went out one morning and 2 were bloated up. I decided to dose them up on a cocktail, within half an hour their bloat was easing. There were also no incidences of bloat after that either. We have since used it on cattle that were doing poorly and have seen them improve also.
Well I guess that leads me to the next stage, that is convincing Steve that we need to give the ground a natural fix. I’ll let you know how I go. Thanks Vitec for providing a great product
Steve and Katrina Birt, Sheep & Cattle, Turilla, NSW
I had a newborn lamb rejected by its mother and scouring badly with blood traces being visible. I called Vitec and started with a mix of powdered milk, filtered water to which I added 1 – 2 ml. Vitec Min-Kel and 1 – 2 ml. Cod liver (cold pressed) and gave it to the little lamb with each feed. 5 days later it is now full of life and we are really thrilled.
Robyn Proud, Armidale, NSW
Vitec Trio Makes Sheep And Cattle Healthy.
Our story begins when Brad and I discussed the concern of the over-use of sheep drenches. My father drenches his sheep at least 5 to 6 times a year while we were drenching our sheep at least 3 times a year to prevent worm infestation especially Barbers Poll worm. Although our sheep appeared to be fat and healthy, Barbers Poll worm caused several sheep losses. The trepidation of sheep loss and the mounting expense of sheep drenches gave us a legitimate reason to consider alternative methods for the health of our sheep.
Early 2005 we commenced drenching our ewes with a mixture of 5ml of Vitec Min-Kel, 5ml of Apple Cider Vinegar and 5ml of Salmon Fish Oils. This was given to them in a normal drench back pack and drench gun which proved to be simple and easy. The results speak for themselves as our shearer has commented how fat and healthy our ewes are and my father is envious with how our sheep are more robust and active than his own ewes.
Although our paddocks have endured limited feed we have discovered that our cattle appear to be healthier and stronger since we have been adding a mixture of Vitec Min-Kel, Apple Cider Vinegar and Cod Liver Oil in their water troughstwo to three times a week. We also now use Pat Coleby’s Stock Lick mixed with a small quantity of barley to entice our stock. My father continually comments how our sheep and cattle as well as their off-spring have improved in size and bulkiness since early 2005. The proof is in the pudding!
Since the success of improved stock health we have commenced a two year farm plan with Vitec and SWEP. Recently our paddocks were sprayed with Vitec Combo and already seeing results of greener and rapid grass growth. We have spoken to other local farmers who are also switching to natural organic fertilisers as they are seeing the benefits on their own farms. With such victory results we now use Vitec Kelp on our fruit trees and Vitec Combo on our roses. Brad and I believe that getting back to basics will result in the future health of our soils, plants and animals.
Our thanks to you all at Vitec for the loyal support and dependable advice you have given us. We look forward to a long and happy association with Vitec and having a positive impact on our farm.
Sue Westgarth and Brad Mann J J Mt. Gambier, SA
Self - Medicating Sheep in Spotlight. Stock and Land June 1st 2006.
Researchers at CSIRO are testing the ability of sheep to choose plants to make them well. Can sheep get rid of parasites or other ailments by choosing from a range of different plants including shrubs and other perennial plants? Rather than grazing in paddocks of single crops and grasses, scientists hope to find a way to build more environmentally sustainable farming systems and maybe provide medicinal paddocks where sheep self medicate as a form of natural drench.
We think that this is great news and know that anyone using a free choice system for stock supplementation will agree. At Vitec we have information and advice to provide your stock with all the necessary trace elements via a “free choice system”.
The beneficial effects of VITEC TRIO has won over a wool grower near Kyneton in Victoria. Over a two year period he has reached a stage now of NO pregnancy toxemia, all lambs survive and has almost eliminated wool stretch (wool breaks easily), and he can command a better price for his wool. He commences drenching six weeks prior to shearing and also six weeks prior to lambing on a fortnightly basis. After lambing it is then a weekly dose for a couple of months with 50mls of VITEC TRIO, plus water to the dose. After that it is back to fortnightly drenches until mulesing. They are drenched the day before mulsing then left for six weeks. Drenching is made easier as he uses a CATTLE drench gun and can do doses up to 60ml giving no problems administering VITEC TRIO to the sheep.
A customer recently reported that he had” dramatic improvement” in his sheep through using the Vitec TRIO stock supplement. “…lambs that were weaned last summer, were suffering through lack of feed, gave them a shot then tried to do it every 4-5 weeks. Started 6 months ago with 10mls of Trio and gradually increased to 20 mls by 10 months of age”.
Your own experience as a farmer would tell you that during more stressful periods such as feed shortages, pre & post birthing and mating higher doses may be useful.
DIY Pat Coleby Free Choice Feeders.
Greg Mortlock uses and constructs free choice feeders that are easily disassembled and transported in a trailer to other paddocks when sheep are moved so the sheep have constant access to the mineral licks and seaweed. Vitec King Kelp Seaweed Meal is offered in generous amounts as part of the free choice supplements. Supplements are offered in 20lt drums cut in half. The dolomite container has 2 - 4 kg, sulphur and copper only 200- 400gms only, the seaweed meal container gets half filled. Crushed unprocessed salt is also used. Greg has noticed his sheep prefer to lick the copper and Sulphur if these products are not covering the entire bottom of the container. These containers are placed in the free choice “buffet”
Greg is now now finding that the sheep are eating far less Vitec King Kelp Seaweed Meal than before as they have satisfied their needs and have a more balanced system. Pat Coleby advocates offering the mineral and seaweed licks in separate containers as opposed to mixing all together.
Greg is very pleased with the free choice system of mineralization. His ewes, lambs and wethers condition has improved even further. He finds there is no need to drench with chemicals. His sheep look after themselves even when conditions are not really good. Very few sheep were dirty around the tails with potentially less fly strike problems. The Mortlock sheep were in remarkably good condition during a recent visit at the fram.
Vitec Trio & Sheep Drenching.
The Mortlock’s drench their sheep with the Vitec Trio of Vitec Min-Kel, Vitec Omega Cod Liver Oil and Vitec Organic Apple Cider Vinegar using a Philips non-automatic single dose drench gun. After drenching the first sheep, the gun is placed in a one litre mounted container of the Trio mixture then it self fills ready for the next sheep.
Lambs get 3-5mls of each part of the Trio depending on age. The ewes and wethers get 6 – 8 mls of each part of Trio depending on their condition and expected performance, e.g. mating, lambing change of feed (going onto stubble) or just maintenance of condition. They find it just as quick as a backpack and easy to clean up. They clean up using white vinegar.
Improve Your Returns with Seaweed & Vitec Min-Kel.
Add Profit To The Bottom Line.
One Vitec customer has recently told us that since using Vitec King Island seaweed meal and Vitec trio natural drench he has been able increase the price he is getting from $3.50 dressed weigh to $4.50/Kg
That represents 28% more for his sheep and they are dressing out at 49% rather than the typical district 42%. WHY? His sheep are on a totally natural regime which includes the Vitec Trio and Seaweed. He uses no chemicals.
Are you Insuring Your Animal’s Health During Stressful Times?
Some time ago Ian Park had some lambs suffering from rye grass staggers - in desperation he turned to Vitec Fish Fertiliser. He spread 2x20 L Vitec Fish fertiliser on a 10 acre paddock the animals were grazing on and within a few days the staggers had disappeared. A neighbour asked him what he thought this was due to and why had he chosen Fish fertiliser. His reply was that when you look like losing a few animals you will try anything not tried before. He had read in our literature that Vitec Fish works inside the rumen of the animal and that is why he tried it. Since then he has hardly ever lost a single animal.
Ian Park, Fish Creek, Vic.
Get rid of PINK EYE! Is this you?
Can you risk the cost of having sheep rejected at point of sale due to pink eye infection? Farmers have reported that they have squirted a little Vitec Omega Cod Liver Oil into each eye and some down the throat. The Vitec Omega Cod Liver Oil also gives immediate relief to the suffering sheep or cattle. What is pink eye? The clinical signs of pink eye include clear, watery tears, signs of irritation and an aversion to sunlight, reddening.
Profit in Drought.
Would you believe such dramatic results from 15 ml of Trio that only costs 9.45 cents per fortnight per sheep can have such positive results. Read these experiences and judge for yourself.
The Best Bar None.
Record prices of $134 have been achieved for heavy second cross lambs by Greg and Jackie Barr of Pinery, S.A. in a time of limited access to abundant feed, as reported in the “Stock Journal” March issue.
What was their secret? TRIO!
Greg administers 10ml each of Min-Kel, Cod Liver Oil and Cider Vinegar per head on a fortnightly basis. This program commences approximately four months before market.
The total cost per head of the Trio over this period was $1.51 per head. That is a small investment to ensure obtaining an excellent return. In addition the stock are healthy, requiring little to no veterinary care, and worm drenching has been cut back to once a year. Plus the sheep utilise maximum benefit from additional purchased feed.
Greg has devised a new easy method to administer Vitec Trio to his 500 sheep. As grain is loaded from the silo via an auger into a feed bin, the Trio is trickled over the churning grain in the auger.
How a small investment made sizeable returns.
Last summer Charlie paid $57 a head for some crook sheep and received $116 at market after treating them to a diet of Vitec Trio laced hay. This small outlay and a little extra care has paid dividends.
Charlie, a biological farmer north of Shepparton, Victoria is reaping the rewards of supplement feeding his 2 mobs of sheep. He mixes 750ml of each Vitec Trio component with molasses which he pre-mixes in a bucket then pours over a hay bale. He then pours 4 – 5L of water over to soak the mixture to centre of the bale. One round bale costs $150 and feeds 500 lambs over 2 days. The sheep are also treated to the same regime.
His sheep “have terrific bloom, great lambing result and easy lambing.” The stock agent predicted the sheep would dress out at 46% but Charlies’ sheep achieved 56-57% (i.e. meat to carcass ratio) Not only did his sheep look fantastic they also tasted great. Attendees at a field day on his farm were served “absolutely beautiful meat” from lambs off his farm. Outstanding flavour seems to be the case of Trio enhanced lamb.