Please click below to read more information in regards to some great offers from Viafos and artilces on ways to improve the quality of your soil


Great Offer from Viafos, Duncan Ag & Specialty Seeds for up to $3000 worth of free product.

Purchase a Duncan drill between 6 March 2017 until 30 June 2017 to be eligible for free Viafos fertiliser and seed from Specialty Seed in the following breakdowns:

  • Duncan Renovator Eco Seeder, Renovator Classic, Vineyard Seeder, Contura APV, Renovator AS16 and AS19 and Roller Drill - receive $500 worth of fertiliser and $500 worth of seed
  • Duncan Renovator Mk4, Renovator A3000 and AS3500, Renovator TFD or Enviro DD30 - receive $1000 worth of fertiliser and $1000 worth of seed
  • Duncan Renovator AS5300 and AS6100, Enviro 3000e or Enviro 740 - receive $1500 worth of fertiliser and $1500 worth of seed.

Offer not available on: Duncan Compact Seeder, Quantum 720 and Duncan Custom drills. 

To Redeem:

Vouchers will be sent to you direct from Duncan following confirmation of your purchase from your dealer.
If you have not received a voucher then please contact Duncan direct -

Once you have received your voucher please contact Viafos and Specialty Seeds to arrange selection and delivery of the fertiliser and seed. 

Terms and Conditions:

  • The value of seed and fertiliser is inclusive of GST
  • Vouchers for the goods are not transferrable
  • This promotion is not valid in conjunction with any other Duncan promotion
  • Prize is not redeemable for cash
  • The seed offer excludes proprietary cereals
  • The offer is valid for drills purchased from 6 March 2017 up until 30 June 2017
  • The offer is only available in New Zealand.
Soil Matters recommendations for establishing pasture in dry land conditions

To establish a good long term permanent pasture, we recommend the area would have been through a short term crop/brassica to try to clean the seed bed. 

During this time attention to getting the right balance of base elements is essential. Aim for 6:1 ratio of Ca/Mg – calcium for nutrient cycling, flocculation and good plant cell structure and magnesium due to its role in helping to retain & hold moisture as well as being essential to photosynthising and in the production of chlorophyll. 

This is the glue in your soil without it your soil will not hold together to retain the precious moisture. Too much magnesium and or not enough calcium has the opposite effect making soils hard, tight and repell moisture making a skin on the surface which is slippery.

Good potassium levels are also essential to plant growth and clover/legume production – again not enough will give your pasture slow recovery, stunted plants and too much potassium can tie up your magnesium even when you think you have sufficient Magnesium. Sodium can be used to help the uptake of too much potassium, particularly in legumes thus resulting in bloat.

With the soils bases balanced to maintain a healthy permanent pasture Phosphorous, Boron, Copper and Zinc should also be looked at to ensure good soil biotic and well balanced stock feed. After the sward is established then a pasture herbage test should be done to ensure your plants are receiving all the nutrients. This is also a good time to test for Cobalt Molybdenum Selenium etc. which are hard to detect by soil testing.

Special attention should be given to your soil biology as pasture thrive best in a 1:1 bacteria fungi relationship, and at this you will achieve good mineralisation of your nutrients for good tolerant pastures, then the grazing management is up to you.

When direct drilling, x-drill where possible to help establish pasture plants quicker and also create less gaps for weeds to grow.

In brief – correct your major base elements and work through the trace elements as budget allows without losing sight of what you need in the future. Also consider your grazing management plans to drought proofing as best you can.

For more information do not hesitate to contact Rob Flynn at Soil Matters on 027 626 1234 or go to

Dairy Solutions, NZ Dairy Exporter

Viafos, a natural source

Although Viafos V10 phosphate cannot be entered into nutrient budget software Overseer yet, the company is hopeful the change is not far away.

“Viafos has applied to get its Viafos V10 phosphate added to Overseer however it’s a slow process,” Viafos General Manager Keith Jackson said.

“Management plans should not just be considered something to do to meet regulatory requirements but also as an opportunity to improve on-farm efficiency. The process is a little like the change to GST. In most cases it was a catalyst to getting to know your business in far more depth which led to many and ongoing efficiencies in business practice and management.

“We all accept it is difficult to control dairy cow urine patches but what is more manageable is the type and amount of fertiliser to apply. Farmers now need to look at being smarter and perhaps moving to or combining some less conventional products to reduce the damage,” Jackson said.

 “There is just so much choice that many farmers aren’t being made aware of.”

Where phosphate management is concerned, he suggests moving to a natural and available phosphate source. “A real point of difference with Viafos V10 Guano Phosphate, for example, compared with chemical phosphate, is that it’s non water soluble, has very minimal soil P fixation, or leaching or runoff in any major capacity.

“Getting the benefit of almost all the P (and other naturally combined nutrients) you put on rather than just some makes total economic and environmental sense.”

 Initiated by soil consultants concerned about the long term impacts of chemical fertilisers, Viafos was established in 2009 as an importer and wholesaler of a range of quality natural fertilisers with nutrient rich ancient bird guano phosphate fertiliser (Viafos) being the backbone.

Viafos products, mined safely at source, are available nationally through a network of retailers who are focused on biological farming and aim to reverse the ongoing damage being done through overuse of chemical fertilisers.

The company’s passion is to contribute to a healthier New Zealand through improved knowledge and understanding of soils and the application of better nutrient and plant available fertilisers. 

Heartland Beef,

A Grass Roots Revolution

It’s biological agriculture and New Zealand farmers are waking up to its importance.

Farmers are getting back to the basics of soil biology and looking for options to improve – and often repair – the building blocks of their soil.

Sheep and beef farmers account for the majority of the estimated 200,000 hectares of land currently farmed under biological principles in New Zealand, with dairy, produce and horticulture in catch-up mode.  

Agro ecologist Nicole Masters, spokesperson for the Association of Biological Farmers, says implementing biological farming systems is more than just counting worms. “It’s the science of soil and it aims to improve the microbiology of the soil and restore the balance of minerals.”

And she says, the end result is proven healthier and more productive soil for our plants, animals and consumers. “We know, for instance, there is a strong correlation between the levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in beef reared using biological farming methods versus grain fed or raised under conventional acid based fertilisers.”

Keith Jackson, GM of natural fertiliser importer Viafos, says there is a more enlightened attitude about the benefits of biological farming emerging.

“Farmers we spoke to at the recent Southern Field Days were genuinely interested in our product range and more receptive to using alternative products. “The positive attitude and comments from existing farmer users visiting the Viafos site supports the beneficial outcomes of changing or adapting their fertiliser input systems.”

He admits, however it was a much harder sell a few years ago. “Up until recently mainstream farmers have pretty much ignored the microbiology of the soil, with concerns primarily around cost, productivity and yield leading to a reliance on conventional fertiliser methods.”

So five years ago a group of concerned soil consultants formed Viafos. Their aim, under Jackson’s tutelage, is to reverse the ongoing damage being done through overuse of chemical fertilisers. The backbone of their product range is nutrient rich Viafos V10, New Zealand’s only Fertmark accredited guano phosphate.

“Getting the benefit of almost all the phosphate and other naturally combined nutrients you put on rather than just some makes total economic and environmental sense,” says Jackson.

Viafos products, mined safely at source, are available nationally through a network of retailers who are focused on biological farming.

GAIA Awards Results

Congratulations to Genevieve Steven!

Twenty-year old Lincoln University student Genevieve Steven, of Timaru, is the winner of the Viafos Youth Award, putting her in the running against nine other finalists as the supreme award winner of the inaugural Green Agriculture Innovation Awards (GAIA).

The youngest contender for the award, Ms Steven is in her second year of a B.Ag.Sci degree at Lincoln University on a DairyNZ scholarship studying biochemistry, animal sciences, plant sciences, soil science and management papers.

Her ultimate goal is a move into biological farming. “I would like to be an educator and advisor to farmers already using the principles of biological farming, but also take the concept of ‘biological farming’ to those who don’t know much about it. I enjoy the challenge of changing people’s perceptions.”

Ms Stevens’ interest in agriculture and biological farming stems from growing up on the family farm near Pleasant Point, a mixed cropping, sheep and beef, deer and dairy support property. In 2011 she attended a Get Ahead Careers Experience Day in 2011, which motivated her to start up the Craighead TeenAg Club, encouraging more girls to get involved in agriculture. While at the Craighead TeenAg Club Genevieve competed in the TeenAg Regional Final event, an annual national competition combining both practical hands-on learning and theoretical components of agriculture. Genevieve is currently on the Lincoln Young Farmers Club Education committee and is helping to set up a liaison programme between young farmers clubs and TeenAg clubs in Christchurch, as well as working with Christchurch Girls and Boy’s High School TeenAg clubs.

Nicole Masters, agro ecologist and spokesperson for the Association of Biological Farmers, says the awards attracted strong nominations across all categories, evidence that Biological Farming practice had gained a strong foothold throughout New Zealand. The supreme winner will be announced at an awards dinner on the 6 August in Rotorua.

Click here to view more.

TV3 Campbell Live coverage on red lake in the Waikato

On the 29 May, TV3 Campbell Live reporter Tristram Clayton revealed what water tests have discovered about the total nitrogen and phosphorous levels in Lake Waikare.


The nitrogen and phosphorous levels in the lake are from a large part of modern agriculture that it filters into the lake and rivers.

"We described it as this deep blood red colour," says Tristram, "We took some samples of the water and had them analysed by Water Care Laboratory Services, and of course they confirm what is clear for all to see."


The phosphorous levels in the lake measured to 0.18mg, which is four and a half time higher than the Waikato Regional Councils upper limit.


And the average limit for nitrogen is 0.5mg. However, levels in Lake Waikare were 5.4mg, which is almost 11 times the regional limit.


International Plant Nutrition Institute

A useful resource to highlight the importance of the International Year of Soils:


"The Future of the Heartland" Forum held at Te Mania Stud, North Canterbury, 17 April 2015


An insight into the challenges facing farming and what is required to double agricultural exports by 2025. The role of central government and local government to achieve this goal. Finally, the need to communicate the very positive contribution agriculture makes to the economy and environmental protection.


ConversatioNZ Food Manifesto sets high goals for New Zealand food

ConversatioNZ is a movement initiated by New Zealand chefs and other interested parties of the food industry to inspire and empower New Zealand culinary circles and the wider food community by creating strong sense of pride and respect to our natural (edible) resources. ConversatioNZ aims to place New Zealand food firmly on the world map. The organisation has created the Food

Manifesto to capture the values and principles behind the movement, to rethink the meaning of New Zealand food, and to create a challenge for the future of our food.

Giulio Sturla of Roots Restaurant, the visionary who inspired ConversatioNZ explains that the Manifesto is something that relates to everyone. “I actually think this document is common sense.

Let's talk (food) and look deeper into what we want to achieve! Internationally the culinary scene is changing and this initiative aims to facilitate change and progress in our current food system.”

The ConversatioNZ Manifesto focuses on social, environmental and economic change in our thinking and reflects the importance of the values and the choices we make as an individual, a professional, a business, a community and as a country.

“We talk about 100% Pure New Zealand. Let’s extend the pride of our beautiful natural scenery and the thrill of adventure to food and the abundance found in our country and take it to another level –100% Pure Food.” says Liane Leesment, co-ordinator of ConversatioNZ.

Sturla concludes “We dream big and we want to push ourselves and show the world what we can do.”

ConversatioNZ kicked off in May 2015 with a day of talks in Christchurch that brought together bright minds from the from the top of the country to the toe, and from as far as New York. Speakers included Michael Meredith (Merediths), Lauraine Jacobs (NZ Listener food columnist), Matt Lambert (The Musket Room NYC), Bevan Smith (Riverstone Kitchen), Giapo Grazioli (Giapo’s), Darren Lovell (Fishbone) and many others.

ConversatioNZ seeks to provide a forum to encourage and enable collaboration between all levels of the culinary chain and move towards more sustainable food systems in New Zealand. There has been strong support from different chefs, growers, producers and writers to contribute to the Food Manifesto. Many events, projects and cooking collaborations are planned in the coming months as ConversatioNZ gathers speed amongst New Zealand’s passionate food community. The movement will only succeed if many more chefs and interested parties from farmers to writers participate.

More information and video material is available

For further information contact:
Liane Leesment

Phone: +372 11198813

Viafos assists winter feed competition winners


Well known Central Canterbury farming brothers, Ashley and Warwick Seaton are very pleased with their successes in the recent Malvern & Courtney A&P Winter Feed Competition. The crops were judged on yield, quality, plant health, weeds and worm activity in the soil. There were 49 entries across 7 categories. The Seatons scooped 4 firsts and 2 second places. They also took out the best direct drilled crop(cross slot) with their Kale , reducing urea to 80kg/ha.

Crops are sown with Viafos V-10 Guano phosphate.

The Seaton family are pleased with the results and validates their decision to move to a biological farming programme.

"What is happening on this farm is that excellent crops are being grown without high rates of Urea and the outcome is better for the soil, plants, animal health and the environment" said soil consultant, Calvin Bracken of, Sustainable Soils.

For more information contact Calvin on 0800 65 65 88 or 027 290 9942 or go to

NOVEMBER SPECIAL: 5% discount on pre-ordered FosSul

 Viafos fertilisers would like to take this opportunity to advise you about a special offer on our product, FosSul , which runs for the month of November.

 FosSul is a granulated phosphate/sulphur fertiliser, similar to Super Phosphate but there are a few key differences:

  • the P and S in these products are non-water-soluble therefore non-leaching.
  • the sulphur is elemental
  • the product is low in heavy metals
  • FosSul also contains 22% calcium

Great results are achieved with low application rates. This is good for the environment and the farmers bottom-line.

 Until the 8th of December we are running a FosSul pre-order autumn 2018 special. All FosSul ordered before the 8th of December will receive a 5% discount.

 The normal retail pricing is $719/tonne; with the discount the price reduces to $683/tonne.

 Terms and conditions :

  • The product sold on this special will be available approximately 8 to 10 weeks following the order date.
  • The product will be supplied from one of the Viafos stock points: Tauranga, Hastings, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill.
  • The orders will be sold through a Viafos distributor. Please go to the 'in your area page' to find your local distributor.
  • This offer is valid from today till the 8th of December.
  • The minimum order volume is 12.5 metric tonne.
  • The product can be supplied in 500 kg bags, 1250 kg bags or in bulk if the order is bigger than 25 tonne.
  • The price/tonne is exclusive of  gst and freight.

 If you have any queries regarding this offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

0800 VIAFOS or

The sale is now on!

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