Gus Spence, Stockerau Station, Pikowai, Eastern Bay of Plenty.
1250 hectares – Sheep and Beef: forestry conversion farm.
The main thing about home is that it was a development job, we came from about 90% blackberry it was all just out of pine trees and we had to put a heap of fertilizer on the place. The first thing we put in was an Archway Group 80T Fertiliser Bin with sliding roof. In hind site we should have put in 100T bin. It works all very well for us, we store fertiliser for two to three weeks which is not an issue.
We have the strip facing a straight northerly, where the bin is its a very high windzone and we have never had any issues with the bin or the roof or anything and it was three years ago it was built now. Its still like the day it went in!
We usually keep a bit of urea in the bin to store it and wait for a bit of wet weather to come before be put it on to maximise that. Its great. Makes things alot more flexible for the pilots and us and utelise all the fert 100%.