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Owl Farm

Farmwatch
System Type: 3
Region:
Waikato
Last Update:
12 January 2018

DairyNZ Comment:

12 Jan 2018
  • The rain last week has yet to make much impact and pasture cover offered to the cows hit a low point last week, about the same time rain arrived. We will not be attempting to fill the deficit with supplement as we don’t have much (just 55 kg DM/cow of pasture silage) and it’s not our policy to go and buy feed. Actions we have taken to help are:

    • The herd has been milking on once a day since December 22
    • 14% of the herd were removed (culled) on 10th January
    • 80 kg N/ha of Sustain N was applied to 40% of the farm, 10th January- on the soil types with greater moisture retention

    With no significant supplement input available the aim is to attempt to manage as much as possible with the pasture that does grow even if this means a short season. Our expectation is that without further significant rain we can milk on until mid- February. At this point body condition score in relation to next year’s calving will become critical and our policy will then be re-assessed. It’s possible that further culling might occur before then. More rain and N fertiliser could allow us to improve on this expectation. On a positive note Facial eczema spore counts at this stage remain low at 5000.

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  • Date Collected

    12 Jan 2018

  • Soil temp

    21

  • Growth

    45 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2190 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    11 mm

  • BCS

    4.2

  • % in milk

    100# %

  • MS/cow

    1.30 kgs

  • MS/ha

    3.60 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    827 kgs

  • Rotation

    33 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    293 kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    122 kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    5 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    489 kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    2.84 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level

    -

  • MJME

    -

Farm walk notes:

# Milking Once a day