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Month: August 2016

Tasmanian Merino Trade Mission


Roberts is passionate about Tasmanian agriculture and promoting our Island’s highly sought after produce on the world stage.

We are proud to own Tasmanian Merino, a brand which provides authenticity for the entire supply chain, from the wool producer to the consumer.

Our Wool Manager, Alistair Calvert, is off to Europe next week to visit key retailers and supply chain participants to introduce them to our Tasmanian Merino marketing campaign. These appointments include high end suiting manufacturers who already hold Tasmanian wool in high regard; spinning companies – one of whom makes up an important part of the Ortovox supply chain & are renowned for their innovation & product development; customers focused on high end woven fabrics as well as knitwear & also those who focus on lower grade wool types (both combing & carding).

In addition to these specific visits, Alistair will also be visiting Milano Unica, a leading trade fair in Milan. This event showcases products like prestigious menswear fabrics through to exclusive women’s knitwear collections. Over 425 manufacturers, dealers, importers and retailers will exhibit at the show. Alistair will be there to support a fully vertically integrated company that uses over 50,000 bales of greasy wool per year.

We look forward to sharing some updates of his trip over the next few weeks – stay tuned!

In the meantime, please find a link to one of our Tasmanian Merino marketing videos below.


As always, if you would like some more information on this exciting new venture, or anything else wool related, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Head to to check out our website, or contact your local Roberts Wool Rep to find out how you can get involved.

Using fertiliser to increase hay & silage yields



Nitrogen fertiliser can be used to boost pasture growth. For nitrogen applications to be successful, the grass must be in a growing state. If the grass is not growing, the plants will not take up the nutrient. The response that can be obtained from applying nitrogen depends on numerous factors such as:


  • soil fertility      
  • soil temperature      
  • type of plants      
  • soil moisture      
  • sunlight


Each of these factors influences the growth rate of plants and hence the uptake of nitrogen.

Timing – when should it be put on prior to cutting silage / hay?

Fertiliser applications to increase yield need to be applied at least 4 weeks prior to cutting silage/ hay. Ideally after the paddock has been grazed, fertiliser is applied and then the paddock is shut up for hay/silage. It is essential this fertiliser application is timed with a rainfall event; 10 mm of rain is normally sufficient. Fertiliser timing for hay paddocks is  generally around the same time, although the shut up period will be greater than 4 weeks. If postponed too long the likelihood of sufficient rain is reduced.

What blend should I use?

If you have done autumn P & K topdressing or soil test results show adequate nutrient levels, Pasture Booster (24-4-13-5) may be sufficient. If nutrient levels are less than satisfactory or autumn topdressing was not done, a blend higher in P & K such as Pasture Promoter (16-8-13-7) may be required. If nutrient levels are high, the use of urea may be appropriate. If paddocks treated with nitrogen or a nitrogen blend are grazed prior to cutting silage or hay the yield will be significantly reduced. Do not re-admit stock to any areas treated with nitrogen for a minimum of 21 days.

Product Analysis Rate (kg/ha) Comment


16-8-13-7 200 – 300 Sources of N to boost production P, K & S to maintain soil nutrient levels.
Pasture Booster 24-4-13-5 150 – 200 Source of N, P & K to boost pasture or hay where normal Autumn topdressing has already been applied.
Urea 46-0-0-0 80 – 100 Nitrogen only.


Note: These are examples only – consult your local Roberts representative to tailor a fertiliser program to suit your specific needs.



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