Mark & Katrina Donaldson, Tasmania


Pat Coleby 03/02/1928 - 01/06/2015

For some time now, I have been astonished by some of the comments I get from people. I would say that about half the people who come to me have been motivated, in the first instance, by dying stock. They will have tried various trace elements, compost teas and all sorts of things, but had never considered the basics of their soil. This is why I insist they first have a soil test from SWEP, (who are) by far the best, as they provide an easy to understand analysis and are most helpful in discussing results. They show the desired quantities of each item, which greatly assists the farmer or stock keeper in understanding the results. It takes only about 5 working days - quicker than most - for the results to be returned. Their tests include all trace elements, including Cobalt and Boron and they measure Hydrogen rather than estimate it.”  Pat Coleby, Author.  

Jane Myers

“I am the author of the book Managing Horses on Small Properties (CSIRO publishing) and I have been running Managing Horses on Small Properties workshops in numerous locations around the country for the past year. I recommend in my book and workshops that one of the most important steps in successful pasture improvement is to have an accurate soil test done, preferably from an independent laboratory. I recommend SWEP not only for their independence, but also for the level of service they offer. Their analysis is returned promptly in an easy to read format, with the very valuable bonus of the opportunity to discuss the results with the experienced staff at SWEP or Pat Coleby.” Jane Myers, Author. Visit www.equiculture.com.au


Tim Terry - Truffles Australis

“When we first began in the truffle business in 1994 soil testing was only done by the Department of Agriculture or companies selling fertiliser and neither of those options really wanted to get their mind around the truffle as fertiliser companies were not going to sell much fertiliser and it was probably a little complicated for the Department’s resources.

So what I set about doing was to find an independent lab to take the challenge and this is when I was introduced to SWEP.

I took many samples from producing French Truffleries while visiting the region and sent them to SWEP for analysis, and from these we developed benchmarks for what we were trying to achieve. I found this approach has worked very successfully and after hundreds of tests now going through the lab we have a large database of information what works for growers in many soil types.

In addition to their independence and already detailed analysis, being able to include additional tests for things like particle size distribution and total calcium in the soil analysis and then combine these with results of irrigation water analysis are all things not generally covered by a single laboratory, and the level of professionalism with their reports is second to none in Australasia so we are very pleased to be associated with SWEP.” Tim Terry, Truffles Australis. Visit www.trufflesaustralis.com.au


Andrew Jeeves - Earthlink

A few years ago I developed a sustainability audit and benchmarking system for farms. Of all the issues it covered, the one that consistently returned the lowest score across all farms was “Soil Management” – less than 1 in 3 farmers had even had a soil test. I recommend the SWEP soil test to my students for the following reasons:
  • Australian – SWEP tests are based on Australian research. Unfortunately many other Australian Labs use an American model, which virtually doubles the recommended fertiliser application.
  • Independence – SWEP only sells their technical expertise, rather than soil testing as a way of selling fertiliser or other products.
  • Detail – SWEP is one of the few Labs to offer a cation balance that includes hydrogen (critical to accurately analysing the impact of the major cations on soil structure and biological activity).
  • Accuracy – SWEP uses industry standard tests/technology and is certified with the Australasian Soil & Plant Analysis Council (ASPAC).
  • Ease of understanding – The SWEP report layout and graphics make understanding the complexities of soil nutrition easier.
  • Value – SWEP includes the major nutrients, trace nutrients, cation balance and other key indicators (according to the ‘Mikhail System’), in their basic test.
  • 3-for-1 – SWEP reports can include information on up to three different land uses for the price of a single test.”

Andrew Jeeves, Earthlink Australia.