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Owl Farm

Farmwatch
System Type: 3
Region:
Waikato
Last Update:
02 December 2016

DairyNZ Comment:

02 Dec 2016
  • With improved pasture growth occurring in line with longer term December averages the progression towards a 30 day rotation for summer is easier. Growth is ahead of feed demand, but perhaps for a limited time, so a wise use of surplus feed could be making rotation length longer. A pregnancy scan this month can confirm which cows are pregnant in the first 6 weeks. An advantage of this knowledge is that culling decisions made during the next 2 months will be informed by indications of later calving or not in calf. When grass is growing well, culling may seem a long way off but the longer term view is that every cow that doesn’t have to be fed from February to May (120 days) makes 1 to 1.5 tonnes dry matter available at low cost for the remaining cows during a period where pasture is usually in short supply.  

     

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  • Date Collected

    02 Dec 2016

  • Soil temp

    14.8

  • Growth

    57 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    1975 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    0 mm

  • BCS

    4.3

  • % in milk

    97 %

  • MS/cow

    1.60 kgs

  • MS/ha

    4.54 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    624 kgs

  • Rotation

    20 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    217 kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    88 kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    1.2 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    414 kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    - su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level

    -

  • MJME

    -