Feed budgeting is an essential practice in order to ensure feed demands are met through predicting shortages and surpluses. In this section you can access feed budgeting calculators to help you plan your feed requirements.
Spring Rotation Planner
The Spring Rotation Planner (SRP) takes the guesswork out of grazing management during and after calving.
Supplement Price Calculator
Find out how much you can afford to pay for different types of supplementary feeds.
Autumn Management Tool
Use the Autumn Management Tool to identify the best options for achieving average pasture cover and cow body condition targets.
Pasture Feed Wedges
A pasture feed wedge gives a visual picture of the current pasture situation by ranking the paddocks average pasture cover.
Rising Plate Meter
The Rising Plate Meter (RPM) is a farm management tool used to measure perennial ryegrass/white clover swards.
Comparative Stocking Rate
Information about Comparative Stocking Rate (CSR) and how to calculate it for your farm.
Pasture Condition Score Tool
This tool ranks paddocks 1 to 5 based on the extent of damage and then guide users on how to establish a plan for each paddock...
Pasture Growth Forecaster
The DairyNZ Pasture Growth Forecaster is an easy-to-use web-based tool to help predict how much grass grows on your farm.
More Feed Tools
Further feed management tools available from DairyNZ...
Pasture eaten calculator
Pasture management is the cornerstone of profit for every New Zealand dairy farm. This calculator will help you calculate your pasture eaten.
Value of pasture calculator
This calculates an economic value on growing and harvesting pasture and crop. This includes the operating costs: irrigation, crop, silage, fertiliser, pasture renewal and pasture maintenance costs. It does not include capital costs - land or infrastructure nor the opportunity cost of land use or changing land value.
Using your pasture eaten per hectare figure (calculated using the pasture eaten calculator) you can compare your cost per kgDM to the regional average. Regional averages are based on the 2012/13 year.
Easy Pasture Cover Assessment
Determine kg DM of paddocks with this easy-to-use pasture assessment form.
Value of Feeding Supplements to Dry Cows for Condition Score Gain
Body condition score (BCS) at calving is a key driver of the 6 week in calf rate and empty rate. Achieving the targets at calving is therefore important to run a sustainable dairy system.
This calculator can be used to help make decisions on purchasing supplement to feed to dry cows for live weight gain.
Pasture Renewal Calculator
This is a tool to evaluate the economic return from pasture renewal. It requires relative yields (old v new pasture) and persistence estimates to be inputted.
Return from Feeding Supplement in the Autumn Calculator
Calculate the wastage of supplement, the return from supplement in Autumn and the profitability of purchasing feed to extend lactation.
Get more milk in the vat for less with skills and confidence gained from DairyNZ Pasture Plus groups. Find out more.
Winter Crop Allocation Calculator
Calculate the feed demand and supply requirements of based on a range of winter crops.