Total Replacement Therapy is a unique, ground-breaking process that is the result of a team of international specialists combining their expertise in soil biology, soil chemistry, plant agronomy and animal nutrition.
The team has worked tirelessly to closely analyse what makes a farm produce its own nitrogen, sequester carbon, and reduce methane release and chemical leaching.
Our method is based on taking comprehensive soil samples and balancing the farm’s soil to ensure the conditions are right for soil biology to thrive. We then apply a biological activator as a catalyst, which introduces and feeds the biology in the soil.
The result is growing more grass with less synthetic nitrogen, at a lower cost, as well as reducing methane and leaching, and increasing soil water holding capacity.
Since the 1970s, New Zealand farmers have relied heavily on synthetic nitrogen to grow their pasture. They were taught by fertiliser companies that heavy use of synthetic nitrogen is the only way to boost pasture growth and, as aresult, milk production and profitability.
Therefore, there is a widely-held belief amongst farmers that if they reduce synthetic nitrogen, grass growth will be reduced and they will lose milk production and money.
But we are proving that we can move dairy farms through a regenerative, biological, soil-productivity transformation without an increase in cost, while improving grass growth,milk production and profitability.