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System Type: 3
Last Update:
17 February 2017

DairyNZ Comment:

17 Feb 2017
  • Welcome rain fell this week, and should help restore pasture covers, and lessen the need for reducing milking cow numbers. In the short term there may be a need to feed some supplements as the pasture changes from dry to wet. The rain is early enough that there is no need to build pasture cover through changing rotation length, unless you were on a rotation that was too fast. There is also no need for N fertiliser at this stage. Save these tactics for later.

    Three important things to monitor

    1. Grazing residuals. Pull supplements out at the first sign that feeding them is resulting in grass left as high grazing residuals

    2. Body condition score of the thinner early calving cows. It’s only a few weeks away from when some of these will need to be dried off to restore body reserves

    3. Facial eczema spore counts. There was an upward trend in counts this week and now its rained a close watch is required. Zinc sulphate is becoming scarce so knowledge of spore counts becomes even more important. Where spore counts are still low, (and many paddocks still are) spraying with fungicides is still an option to help reduce spore build up.


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  • Date Collected

    17 Feb 2017

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    22 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    1750 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    81 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    93* %

  • MS/cow

    1.27 kgs

  • MS/ha

    4.70 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    895 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


  • MJME


Farm walk notes:

* Milking once a day