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Last Update:
15 September 2017

DairyNZ Comment:

15 Sep 2017
  • On many farms it’s still not clear if pasture growth is matching feed demand with “proper” spring growth rates still to arrive and the wet conditions unhelpful for feeding the herd. It is still risky to speed up the rotation to feed the herd. Yet speeding up is one method of coping with the wet conditions and attempting to keep intakes up. Any speeding up should be temporary, or needs to be accompanied by N fertiliser to encourage pasture growth. To avoid pasture damage and going too fast in continuous wet weather, some farmers are maintaining their rotations by removing their herds from the paddock several hours before milking and having them wait in the yard for milking. In the longer term this should be better than shifting them too frequently onto new paddocks. While our cows, pastures and people are being severely tested, its perhaps the people who are the least resilient in this weather so make sure they are getting sufficient rest.  

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  • Date Collected

    15 Sep 2017

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    58 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2220 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    67 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    93 %

  • MS/cow

    1.96 kgs

  • MS/ha

    5.05 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    181 kgs

  • Rotation

    27 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    - kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    - su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


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