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System Type: 2
Bay of Plenty
Last Update:
09 August 2017

DairyNZ Comment:

09 Aug 2017
  • Over a 12-month period, most paddocks will be grazed 9-10 times. It will only take one poor grazing to adversely affect the next two to three grazings. Keeping on task with your grazing over spring will pay dividends later in the season when pasture quality will be higher and easier to maintain.

    The main advantage of accurately allocating pasture is you will optimise both pasture eaten per hectare and animal performance. This will require having targets for both pre and post grazing, monitoring and measuring regularly and planning the upcoming grazing events. An effective grazing plan will enable the correct decisions to be made around the order in which paddocks are grazed, the right pasture cover targets are chosen and that these pasture cover targets are achieved. 
    Use grazing residuals as a key indicator of pasture utilisation. Poorer pasture utilisation will result in higher post-grazing residuals (i.e. pasture wastage). These higher post-grazing residuals will suppress pasture growth rates and will reduce pasture digestibility (quality) at the next grazing, consequently impacting on animal performance. Achieving target grazing residuals in the spring will reduce the number of reproductive tillers that would otherwise emerge later in the spring - again helping maintain leaf production and pasture quality. By maintaining a consistent grazing residual, you will have the opportunity to reset the residual level for subsequent grazings and ensure that leaf growth is promoted at the base of the pasture.

    Achieving all these objectives is harder whilst the weather and growing conditions seem to be constantly working against us. Sticking to the key principles outlined will ensure you get as close to the targeted levels as possible - putting you in the best position to capitalise on the opportunities that will exist when we start to get more consistent conditions.


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  • Date Collected

    09 Aug 2017

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    19 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2345 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    31 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    58 %

  • MS/cow

    1.53 kgs

  • MS/ha

    1.92 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    18 kgs

  • Rotation

    88 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    - kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    3 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    247 kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    2.8 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME