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Owl Farm

System Type: 3
Last Update:
07 July 2017

DairyNZ Comment:

07 Jul 2017
  • Soils are saturated and it’s a wet start to the calving period.

    It’s vital to hold the rotation length in order to provide adequate pasture covers later in the spring. Moving ahead of the spring rotation plan just because its wet is risky.

    During last year’s wet July there was considerable discussion about which was worse, pugging or moving onto a faster rotation to avoid pugging? Reflect on that experience. DairyNZ’s view is that a well-managed farm for feed cover and rotation length will feel the impact of pugging less than a farm that ends up on a fast rotation with low cover and low pugging. The primary objective must be to retain the rotation length and feed cover. A secondary objective is to avoid pugging, but accept that is unlikely. Pugging always looks worse than it is and usually impacts severely on a relatively small area. Low feed cover has a whole farm effect and overall the impact on pasture supply is more severe than pugging. It takes many severe pugging events to reduce whole farm pasture yields by 5% or more. A farm that drops to 1500-1600 pasture cover could lose 11% of its annual feed over the next 2 months due to reduced pasture growth.  Manage the rotation and the cover as a priority, then manage the pugging. Some fine days will help get the rotation length back on track.


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  • Date Collected

    07 Jul 2017

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    23 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2412 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    64 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    13.8 %

  • MS/cow

    0 kgs

  • MS/ha

    0 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    0 kgs

  • Rotation

    120 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    0 kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    4 kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    6 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    233 kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    2.84 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


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