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Owl Farm

System Type: 3
Last Update:
09 March 2018

DairyNZ Comment:

09 Mar 2018
  • Soil moisture levels are currently similar to this time last year which proved to be a wet winter. Looking ahead if on-off grazing during winter is part of your strategy, how well prepared are you currently to implement this? A recent study by DairyNZ determined that farmer preparation for on-off grazing was often late and could cause delays in availability of suitable surface material for standing off. On an annual basis there should be sufficient material available, but demand peaks at the same time of year in late autumn, early winter causing some frustration in getting sufficient volumes of suitable material.  Your suppliers will appreciate a spread in the demand for woodchips etc. so they can schedule deliveries more appropriately, and while conditions are still suitable for their vehicles to be on farm. Start preparing now. Suitable facilities on farms for delivery and stockpiling will help. As a minimum requirement allow 1m3 per cow of bedding material. This means thousands of truckloads for the many cows to be stood off pasture in the greater Waikato.


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  • Date Collected

    09 Mar 2018

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    51 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2102 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    10 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    98 %

  • MS/cow

    1.21 kgs

  • MS/ha

    3.40 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    1006 kgs

  • Rotation

    28 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    356 kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    122 kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    2 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    746 kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    - su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


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