Successful summer management depends on planning, monitoring and taking action.
In recent years significant dry periods have been a feature of summer farming in many regions. It is important that farmers take steps to minimise the impact of a dry period in order to minimise stress, protect next season's production and to achieve maximum profitability from the current season.
Farmers in areas prone to dry conditions should aim have a well thought through contingency plan for the summer dry. The following information and resources will be useful to develop your own summer management strategy.
- Have a summer management plan
- Monitor the situation
- Manage Body Condition Score
- Consider Once-A-Day milking
- Use supplements wisely
- Look after your irrigated pasture
- Make best use of your farm advisors
- Dry summer management - culling cows (1-33 B)
- Summer nutrition (1-34)
- Nitrogen use after a dry summer (7-4)
- Dry summer management - milking OAD or every 16 hours (1-33C)
- Once-a-day milking in a dry summer
- Inside Dairy December 2011 - Waiting for Rain (see sidebar on page five for latest update on OAD in a dry summer)
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