Fertiliser Advice

Who can you trust?

There are many advisors providing fertiliser advice to Australian dairy farmers. Some advisors also sell commercial fertiliser products or amendments. While most advisors provide sound and impartial advice, it is not a requirement for advisors to be registered, or to have attained minimum qualifications or standards before providing advice. Therefore, it can sometimes be difficult for farmers to know who they can trust.

The fertiliser industry has a voluntary program called Fertcare which sets minimum standards for accredited advisors. Farmers can rely on Fertcare accredited advisors to take a responsible approach to fertiliser advice. Fertcare accreditation requires that advice is based on productivity, farmer profitability, environmental risk management and food safety. An increasing number of farm advisors are becoming Fertcare accredited – Find a Fertcare Accredited Advisor.

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Fertcare Accreditation

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In addition to Fertcare Accreditation, ask your advisor if they are familiar with the following:
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Fert$mart Tick

This means your advisor has prepared approved Fert$mart plans

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Fert$mart Planning Approach

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ASPAC or NATA Laboratory

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Soil Fertility Guidelines

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4Rs Fertiliser Recommendations

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