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Southern Organic Group Field Day

  • Bruce & Merril Catto 738 Waipahi Highway McNab, Southland, 9771 New Zealand (map)

Growing great crops and pastures with less chemical inputs


Open to all sheep, beef, dairy and cropping farmers, on conventional to organic systems

11-12.30 Understanding weed biology and the best times to control weeds in crops and pastures Growing great winter crops and grain crops in organic /biological systems

1-1.30 Reducing chemical use, to fight weeds in winter feed crops and pasture renewal programmes on conventional dairy/sheep/beef/ grain farms

1.30-2.30 Pactical demos

  1. There will be the opportunity to watch implements that can reduce your weed population and establishment costs
  2. There will also be practical demonstrations from local dealers with their cultivation and weeding implements

2.30-3 Sowing and keeping weed free pastures in dairy and sheep farms

3-3.30 Problem weeds and chemical resistant weeds

With special guest speaker


Charles Merfield has widespread practical knowledge on weed control methods for all types of farming in the UK and NZ

He has completed a Masters at Lincoln University in agro ecology with a focus on bio-control

He is currently employed by the BHU Organics Trust and set up the BHU Future Farming Centre (FFC)

The FFC is dedicated to the science and extension of permanent and whole system agricultures and horticultures, such as organic, ecological agriculture, agrecology and biological farming, for the benefit of all farmers and growers

For further information please contact Allan Richardson 027 2202672

Later Event: December 5
Bert Quin to visit Southland