TRACE ELEMENT SPECIALISTS
OUR AIM: To promote profitable and sustainable farming along with healthy stock and crops resulting
from carefully targeted use of major nutrients and trace elements.
The company was started in 1985 by Jim and Marie Marshall and was originally based in small premises in south Gore. The company expanded rapidly, meaning a shift to a larger facility the in Railway Street, Gore.
The company was based on the findings and philosophy of the late Brown Trotter, a South Canterbury farmer who found that despite ever increasing input of conventional fertilisers, his stock performance and farm carrying capacity was decreasing.
It was only when Mr Trotter started to supplement his soils and livestock with trace element that he started to make major advances in stock health and performance. ("The Rape of our Heritage" Brown Trotter Printed by the Timaru Herald August 1978)
Livestock Supplies expanded on the work done by Mr Trotter and found an independent soil testing laboratory in Missouri, USA, which could test
LIVESTOCK SUPPLIES IS A PRIVATELY OWNED BUSINESS
BASED IN GORE, EASTERN SOUTHLAND, NEW ZEALAND
for all the major elements, total exchange capacity, base saturation percentages and trace elements.
From these soil and herbage tests, Livestock Supplies was able to formulate and supply trace element mixes to remedy soil deficiencies. Along with this, they could give totally independent advice on inputs of major elements (fertilisers) and lime.
A line of proprietary mixes of salt blocks and salt licks was also developed to counter trace element deficiencies in the soils of Otago and Southland.
Today, the business has adjusted and grown, and now produces a wide range of trace element related products and provides a host of farming related services, including BioGro organics approved products along with completely independent advice on lime fertiliser and trace element inputs.
All advisors are members of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science Inc.