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Te Aroha (Tiller Talk)

Tiller Talk
System Type: 2
Last Update:
16 February 2018

DairyNZ Comment:

16 Feb 2018
  • The rainfall this past week saturated some soils leading to some minor ponding. While temporary this does send signals. Take care with any effluent irrigation to choose your time and place carefully. When storms are forecast shut the irrigator down beforehand and set your stormwater diversion. Avoid irrigating those paddocks with less suitable soil types during autumn without considering the soil moisture levels already present.  Last year’s autumn showed how quickly soils can become saturated.

    A reminder that the time to look at body condition score in relation to calving date has arrived. Currently this might apply to up to 10% of the herd based on individual cow condition scores. The herd average body condition score means very little at this stage.

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  • Date Collected

    16 Feb 2018

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    54 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2298 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    97 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    - %

  • MS/cow

    1.20 kgs

  • MS/ha

    - kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    973 kgs

  • Rotation

    34 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    - kgs

  • Supplements

    4 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Stocking Rate

    3.1 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME


Farm walk notes:

We are in a surplus situation!! We dropped 3 paddocks out of the round for baleage (16 February): 30 bales. The diet is made up of grass and chicory only.   We are welcoming the sun again after a very wet week.                                                                                                                                        * The feed budget is looking 'rosy' due to the rain. We are dropping some paddocks out for grass silage to be able to meet our pasture cover targets. We are not in a hurry to spray out chicory paddocks just yet. We have decided to spray out one paddock early due to our ability to irrigate effluent if it gets dry in March. We are concerned about the contracted maize and we will be asking to view prior to delivery to ensure it is of good quality considering the risk of mycotoxins due to the warm humid weather.

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