Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson

I manage an Autumn calving dairy herd of 190 cows, with renewable energy generated onsite also. I am involved in various organizations within the agriculture industry, including the dairy coop, farmer funded research organization Agrisearch, and roles within the local agricultural show. I enjoy hiking, cycling, surfing, kayaking, getting outdoors and usually wet.

Breaking dairy farming's addiction to inorganic fertilizer: The road to rehabilitation

Study Overview

Intensive grassland based dairy farming relies heavily on inorganic fertilizers. Could this relance be reduced or eradicated while maintaining production and stocking rates? I want to understand the link with soil biology and a diverse forage mix. Improved nutrient utilization on farm and research alternative organic fertilizers.