A shift in irrigation systems has seen Dubbo farmer Brett Sweeting experience an increase in the yields of his turf.
Traditional, labour intensive irrigation has gone out the window at Dubbo's Turf the Lot where they are now benefiting from the use of a Team Irrigation system. Turf the Lot leases two properties, one with a 186m Zimmatic centre pivot on an eight hectare paddock and another part circle 285m centre pivot on 14 hectares.
Brett Sweeting has been growing turf for more than 20 years and operates his business from an eight hectare property adjacent to the Macquarie River, supplying turf such as Sir alter, Soft Leaf Buffalo, Legend Couch and Kikuyu to the domestic and commercial markets of central west NSW, the ACT and southern highlands, Melbourne and Adelaide commercial sporting fields.
He says the efficiencies with the system has meant less water usage and less labour. "We are now using hald the amount of water we traditionallly used and the centre pivot efficiencies are saving us thousands of dollars in labour," Mr Sweeting said.
"While the investment in the centre pivots is a costly initial outlay, labour savings produced by the centre pivot efficiencies pay for the capital outlay very quickly.
"For example, I believe we are saving $2000 per month on labour costs on the 14 hectare property alone." Water management is the key to producing high yields and Turf the Lot is showing results.
Since operating the irrigation system, turf production has increased by at least 50 per cent.
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