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Matamata

Farmwatch
System Type: 3
Region:
Waikato
Last Update:
10 November 2017

DairyNZ Comment:

10 Nov 2017
  • Whether to mow(top) this long grass before or after grazing has become a topical issue lately leading to a trial in 2016 at Lincoln University on comparing the two. The trial found, similar to earlier trials in the 1990’s, that there is no intake or production advantage for the herd from mowing before grazing. The only good reason to mow is to restore the residual to a lower level than what the cows would have, or have achieved, so that pasture quality is improved at the subsequent grazing. In fact the trial at Lincoln confirmed that there is a negative side to doing any mowing, and that is that cutting grass results in slower re-growth than grazing the grass.

     

    For more details on the results of these trials see https://www.dairynz.co.nz/about-us/research/pre-grazing-and-mowing-trial/

     

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  • Date Collected

    10 Nov 2017

  • Soil temp

    17

  • Growth

    76 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2534 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    25 mm

  • BCS

    4.5

  • % in milk

    100 %

  • MS/cow

    1.85 kgs

  • MS/ha

    5.30 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    476 kgs

  • Rotation

    24 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

    -