Four new forage farmers join The Omega Lamb Project
Four new forage properties have joined the Omega Lamb Project.
The properties, in Fairlie, Rakaia Gorge (two) and Hororata will grow 150ha of chicory in 2017 and will accept Headwaters Omega lambs at weaning. They bring the total area in chicory in the Omega Lamb Project for 2017 to 450ha.
The properties were accepted into the Project after an extensive due diligence process to ensure they met The Omega Lamb Project’s exacting demands and advance the farmers’ operations.
The highly accomplished lamb trading/finishing operations were seeking certainty of supply of high quality lambs and a clear business case for a more diversified farming system. For The Omega Lamb Project the particular appeal was the farmers’ track record, team ethos and innovation.
Mark Everest of Macfarlane Rural Business did the cost/benefit analysis for the properties. Key factors included input costs, ease of procuring animals, the performance and longevity of chicory, the additional uses of the chicory in the spring, and the lamb’s arrival and exit value.