Guideline Index

Chapter 15: Nutrient Planning

15.11. Developing a nutrient budget for a dairy farm

15.11.1 Nutrient budgeting worksheets

The nutrient budgeting worksheets provide a guide to working through the process of calculating a whole farm nutrient budget. The worksheets take a whole-farm approach to nutrient management. Nutrient imports and exports are calculated over the entire milking area. Areas with different soil types and fertility levels should be treated differently; and where nutrient distribution is an issue, this should be taken into account.

Many advisors will be able to assist farmers with calculating nutrient budgets for the farm as a part of the fertiliser planning process. Often advisors will have spreadsheets or programs that will help process the numbers, and these spreadsheets and tools are based on information discussed in this chapter and on the following worksheets.

Nutrient Budget Worksheets