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System Type: 2
Bay of Plenty
Last Update:
21 December 2016

DairyNZ Comment:

21 Dec 2016
  • Stock water supply becomes critical during summer. A recent DairyNZ measurement of water use on 35 farms found an alarming amount of water leakage. On half of the farms, leakage of greater than 21%, (and up to 50%), of stock drinking water was identified. In addition to the cost of pumping extra water that is never used, this reduces the effectiveness of using the water supply for preventative zinc dosing for facial eczema (FE). Water leakage is part of the explanation why another DairyNZ funded study showed that over 50% of the cows that were on farms supplementing with Zn, had a serum Zn level less than the level required to provide protection from FE. These results suggest that what is happening on many farms is not controlling the effects of exposure to facial eczema effectively. A plan for reducing the cost of FE exposure on your farm might initially involve some attention to the water reticulation system.

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  • Date Collected

    21 Dec 2016

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    - kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2280 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    30 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    97 %

  • MS/cow

    1.36# kgs

  • MS/ha

    3.53 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    564 kgs

  • Rotation

    22 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    17 kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    0 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    253 kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    2.7 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME


Farm walk notes:

# Milking Once a Day