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Owl Farm

System Type: 3
Last Update:
21 April 2017

DairyNZ Comment:

21 Apr 2017
  • Feed planning to achieve calving targets now needs to be in full swing as a result of the adverse conditions being experienced with re-grassing sodden pastures and the non -harvesting of maize crops.  Yields of maize on crops that were harvested are also lower than expected. Some of the earlier plans for milking into May will now need to be revised.

    Recovery of body condition score before the onset of winter becomes a high priority for the remaining feed, with the rest of this seasons milk production just a by- product, if it can be managed at all. Fortunately pasture cover and growth remain above average on pastures not impacted by flooding.

    Just 82 days remain for cows calving on July 15. A body condition score of 4.0 (or less) should trigger an immediate drying off decision for any cows with early to mid-July calving dates. 

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  • Date Collected

    21 Apr 2017

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    31 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2232 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    9.6 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    85 %

  • MS/cow

    1.11 kgs

  • MS/ha

    2.50 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    1162 kgs

  • Rotation

    45 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    415 kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    122.5 kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    8.5 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    893 kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    - su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


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