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Te Puke

Farmwatch
System Type: 3
Region:
Bay of Plenty
Last Update:
01 February 2017

DairyNZ Comment:

01 Feb 2017
  • A hot tip for lucerne growers at this hot time is to focus on quality rather than quantity – targeting quantity loses too much in digestibility and utilisation. To gauge how much you should leave behind at grazing, Dr Derrick Moot suggests squeeze or bend a stem until you find where the woody part begins – this is the low quality stuff that you don’t want to force productive animals to eat. Grazing sooner than you may have thought will avoid the plant having too much of this material - Derrick’s recommendation was between 30 and 42 days.

    Of course, not everyone has lucerne! A key now for everyone is to get those pregnancy diagnoses done and start culling; this frees up feed for the animals you will take into next season. The Te Puke farm has just done this and the Opotiki farm will very soon.

     

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  • Date Collected

    01 Feb 2017

  • Soil temp

    23

  • Growth

    18 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2003 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    0 mm

  • BCS

    4.1

  • % in milk

    86 # %

  • MS/cow

    1.37 kgs

  • MS/ha

    3.33 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    888 kgs

  • Rotation

    25 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    117 kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    4 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    669 kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    2.86 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level

    -

  • MJME

    -

Farm walk notes:

# Milking Once A Day