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Te Awamutu (Tiller Talk)

Tiller Talk
System Type: 5
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

    53 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2240 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    - mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    - %

  • MS/cow

    1.45 kgs

  • MS/ha

    - kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    1288 kgs

  • Rotation

    30 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    - kgs

  • Supplements

    9 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Stocking Rate

    3.90 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME


Farm walk notes:

Taking grass silage out of the round has reduced rotation length to 30 days. Milk solids production has come up slightly. Decisions have been made for grass species: a Tall Fescue - Cocksfoot - White Clover mix has been chosen. We are keeping an eye on the maize crop as it is drying very quickly. 

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