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Te Puke

System Type: 3
Bay of Plenty
Last Update:
20 October 2016

DairyNZ Comment:

20 Oct 2016
  • The current milk price still raises questions about the value and cost of traditional practices such as conserving surplus grass into silage. DairyNZ estimates that Pit silage, done well, can be eaten by cows in the summer for about 12-14 cents/kg DM. When compared with other feed sources this suggests that conserving true surplus grass is still one of the cheapest feed sources. But be aware that not all silage comes in at 12 cents/kg DM.  If grass is baled and wrapped and carted home the cost might easily get over 25-28 cents/kg DM. To get this low you will have to pay nothing for the grass. Paying $80/bale for the grass could put the cost up to 33 cents/kg DM. So it’s up to everybody to carefully examine their costs and circumstances of securing feed and make sure they are not exceeding the costs of alternative crops and supplements.

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  • Date Collected

    20 Oct 2016

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    54 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2208 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    5 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    100 %

  • MS/cow

    1.70 kgs

  • MS/ha

    4.80 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    433 kgs

  • Rotation

    20 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    56 kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    1 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    571 kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    2.86 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


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