Micronutrients

A small way to make a difference to the health of your stock and pasture.

 

The right micronutrients, at the right rate make all the difference

 
As micronutrients are only required in relatively small quantities, it is important to ensure you apply the right micronutrients at the right rate for your farm.  It is beneficial to proactively manage micronutrients and apply when required.  Herbage testing is the best way to understand the current micronutrient availability in your pasture.
 
Micronutrients play an important role in plant and animal health.  They are proven to help productivity, and play a key role towards unlocking a farm's potential. Their availability however is heavily influenced by complex interactions with pH, organic matter, mineralogy, soil moisture and presence of other micronutrients. Micronutrients can be supplied in many ways, but are very effective when applied directly to the soil with fertiliser applications.
 

SeleniumSelenium is an essential nutrient for animal health, however many areas of New Zealand have a deficiency. In many cases, improving selenium levels can improve stock fertility and optimise milk production.

Click here to learn more about Selenium.

 

Molybdenum

Molybdenum maximises the health and vigour of clover, an excellent source of high quality feed for stock. Ensuring adequate molybdenum will increase clover production and benefit overall pasture production.

 

 

CobaltAdequate pasture levels of cobalt are essential to meet the needs of grazing stock, particularly young stock which are most susceptible to deficiency. Correct levels of cobalt ensure healthy appetites and good liveweight gains, ensuring production milestones are met.

 

 

BoronBoron is particularly important for brassicas, legumes, fruit and seed crop. It's essential for the healthy formation of new plant tissue and the storage quality of brassica bulb crops.

 

 

Copper Copper is an essential micronutrient for both plants and animals. Healthy levels of copper ensure natural growth rates and colouration in plants. In animals, copper promotes joint health, bone strength, immunity to diseases and is particularly important for young rapidly growing cattle.

 

For more information about our complete micronutrient range, please contact your local Ballance Nutrient Specialist.

 

Micronutrients range and application guidelines

The following application rates are guidance for pasture only.  Herbage analysis and animal testing will give specific information on micronutrient deficiencies. Consult your vet and Ballance Nutrient Specialist for advice on micronutrient application rates and timing.

 

Nutrient

Active ingredient %

Application rate (kg/ha)

Boron (B)

15%

7-11 kg/ha

Copper (Cu)

25%

Deer 12 kg/ha
Cattle 10kg/ha
Sheep - rarely needed, if deficiency diagnosed apply 5 kg/ha

Selenium (Se)

1%

1.0 kg/ha (dairy, deer, intensive beef)
0.5 kg/ha (extensive sheep & beef)

Molybdenum (Mo)

 10%

Pasture 0.2 kg/ha, every 4-5 years
Lucerne 0.4 kg/ha, every 4-5 years

Cobalt (Co)

10%

0.75 kg/ha for 5-10 years to correct deficiency
0.2 kg/ha maintenance

*Additional micronutrients available, for more information please contact your local Ballance Nutrient Specialist.