H&S and Wellbeing
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H&S and Wellbeing
There are 13 questions in this section and it should take around 5
minutes to complete.
1. Do you use a feed budget to set pasture cover targets and determine supplement, crop, and conserved feed usage?
Yes, I start the season with an annual feed plan that tells me how much supplement I need to use
No, but I keep feed on hand and I use it appropriately or have a general idea of what I need
No, I don’t have a feed budget and will purchase additional feed if required
Average pasture cover targets
2. Does your feed planning consider average pasture cover targets for calving and balance date and are they regularly achieved?
Yes, I have targets specifically for my farm and I consistently achieve them
Yes, I have targets specifically for my farm but still working on getting them right
I have a general target but I haven’t specifically calculated it
I don’t use formal targets, I use local knowledge
Pasture and crop eaten calculated
3. I have calculated or know the pasture and crop eaten (tDM /ha) figure for this farm
Calculated or known for the last season or current season
Calculated or known for a previous season
Not yet, but will calculate it this season
Regular pasture assessment
4. Are grazing decisions based on regular pasture assessment?
(Visual or with tools - at least 7-10 days in spring and at least fortnightly autumn/winter)
Sometimes (just when needed)
Sometimes (just when I have time)
Achieving target residuals
5. Are post grazing residuals consistent and appropriate throughout the year?
Delegating pasture management
6. How confident are you that someone can manage your grazing management practices in your absence (or in the absence of your pasture manager)?
Confident it will be very well managed
Confident it will be adequately managed
Not very confident it will be adequately managed
Not confident at all
7. I annually rank paddocks in order of total feed grown
Yes, by measuring tDM/ha/year
Yes, by counting the number of grazing’s per year
Yes, I have a good idea from visual assessment
8. What percentage of the farm can pasture production be improved cost-effectively with development? e.g. drainage, fertiliser, regrassing, irrigation, weed control etc
Less than 10%
More than 40%
9. Are supplements used appropriately avoiding pasture wastage
I only use supplements to avoid over-grazing and fill feed gaps and I always consider milk response to supplement fed
I feed supplement most of the year to ensure cows are well fed
I don’t consider substitution when allocating supplement
Efficient nitrogen use
10. Nitrogen is applied at no more than 40-50kgN/ha at appropriate times and within regional or catchment recommendations
11. Before I plant a crop, I consider the pasture that the paddock would have grown, and the full costs to establish, harvest and feed the crop
Yes, I have calculated full costs for each crop including pasture lost
I have a rough idea of the full costs of each crop but not the pasture lost
I haven't really considered the crop costs or pasture lost
12. Which data is used to make irrigation decisions (excluding effluent)?
All the following: soil moisture, soil temperature, evapotranspiration, soil water holding capacity
Two to three of the following: soil moisture, soil temperature, evapotranspiration, soil water holding capacity
One of the following: soil moisture, soil temperature, evapotranspiration, soil water holding capacity
I use gut feel and the calendar
Knowledge and skills
13. Do you and your team have the knowledge and skills to get the results you want/need in feed management?
Yes, there is sufficient knowledge and skills within the business in this area
Either me or one/some of my employees could improve our knowledge and skills in this area
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