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Fertco was founded in 1999 by a group of farmers who were looking for a new approach to the traditional co-operative model they had been engaged with for over a generation. They wanted a fertiliser company that could deliver on two key areas:

  1. The products needed to have a “softer” impact upon the environment,
  2. The company needed to deliver a more personalised level of service to its farmer clients.

Twenty years later, Fertco has established a respected niche within the fertiliser industry for the same reasons it was founded. Our focus on lower impact, low nutrient loss fertilisers has proven the company was ahead of its time. Only now are other fertiliser companies catching up to Fertco’s approach as fresh water and greenhouse gas regulations start to have real impacts on fertiliser use and farm management.

Fertco has remained true to its philosophy to embrace New Zealand-based science and pastoral research capabilities, while also respecting our customers’ desire to innovate and create their own bespoke fertiliser mixes. This has enabled us to connect strongly with the organic farming community, and increasingly with the growing regenerative farming sector, but also with any farmer wanting to develop more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.

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Fertco provides high quality innovative products to the New Zealand primary industry while focusing on nutrient efficiency and sustainability.

Fertco Services

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Soil & Herbage Testing

As a science-based organisation, soil and herbage tests underpin everything that we do. We use New Zealand testing labs who provide clear, consistent results based on years of trials and regularly calibrated procedures. This provides a strong foundation for us help you develop and maintain an effective fertiliser management plan.

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Quality Advice & Nutrient Budgets

At Fertco, we commit time and resources to train our people. We know that recommending the best fertiliser programme for your soil is only part of the story, so are equipped to prepare a full nutrient budget report for both efficient nutrient management and compliance purposes.

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Customised Recommendations

Every property is different, and so is every farmer, so we don’t have generic ‘one-size-fits-all’ products. Although we base our recommendations on soil and herbage tests, our aim is to develop a fertiliser programme in partnership with you to suit your specific property and individual goals. Customised orders are all in a day’s work for us!

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Environmentally Sustainable Products

Sourcing environmentally sustainable products is what Fertco has always been about (see About for our story). We select products that mitigate nutrient losses and test everything for contaminants and impurities. It’s equally important to us that what we source from around the world is ethically produced without polluting the local environment or involving child labour.

Personalised Farm Nutrient Services

With Fertco, you get good old-fashioned customer service. We visit you in person, at your property, and work alongside you to develop fertiliser plans and nutrient budgets to achieve your goals – be they short or long term. We keep in regular contact with you and offer a full back-up service, meaning you can phone us for advice at any time.


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