Five years ago, the OB Group Owners John (OB) O'Brien and Stuart Taylor took a leap of faith when they decided to progressively plant an entire farm in Tall Fescue.
Nestled in the Manawatu/Rangitikei District in the North Island, we are a group of dairy farms whose properties in Santoft, Bulls, are made up of Dairy units and Drystock units.
After taking on these properties, it soon became apparent to the group that Ryegrass was not going to cut the mustard in the sandy soils and we needed to start looking for an alternative pasture. After experimenting with various options at our disposal, Tall Fescue came out as the clear winner.
Both the OB Group dairy farms and drystock units have continued to use a mix of PGGW’s ‘Resolute’ winter active Tall Fescue and ‘Tower’ summer active Tall Fescue by DLF.
To use a beer analogy to drive the message home, it’s like drinking beer, if you start with DB it tastes alright, but then if you switch halfway through the night to drinking Tui, it tastes weird. If you keep drinking Tui, you soon get used to it – it’s the same with Fescue for cows.
We carry out Nitrate trials on the soil.
Biodiversity protected and enhanced.
Wind Generation of power as a renewable resource.
OB Group has a strong Health and Safety Culture. Our farms run on a forty -five (45) hour working week with a five on and two off (5/2) roster. Flexibility is our strong point!
High quality nutrient rich food, pasture and crops are grown on farm. Our feeding methods are moving to limit the use of Palm Kernal Extract (PKE) to zero.
When it comes to co-operative leadership and responsibility :
We hold animal welfare in high esteem.
OB Group Board Members