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Farmwatch
System Type: 3
Region:
Bay of Plenty
Last Update:
19 January 2017

DairyNZ Comment:

19 Jan 2017
  • The dry weather is starting to bite. Growth rates are likely to be impacted unless rain arrives soon. It is easy to say we should start culling surplus cows to reduce requirements, but most people still do not know what their empty rates are, so less than 5 to 10% of cows can be culled at this stage depending on your views on how well mating has gone. Ensure you book pregnancy testing in at the earliest appropriate time (8 weeks after the bull finished). In the meantime, continue to monitor and graze down pasture cover and cow condition – some loss here is acceptable for a while yet and start feeding supplements or summer forage crops if available. An early autumn feed budget would be useful for planning out use of supplementary feed supplies. If supplements are not available, accept some production fall-off if dry weather continues and distract yourself by concentrating on those jobs that are most efficiently carried out in dry weather –race repairs, other earthworks, effluent storage pond maintenance, weed control, etc. 

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  • Date Collected

    19 Jan 2017

  • Soil temp

    18.5

  • Growth

    - kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2100 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    2.5 mm

  • BCS

    4.2

  • % in milk

    100 %

  • MS/cow

    1.27 kgs

  • MS/ha

    3.58 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    842 kgs

  • Rotation

    25 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    117 kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    5 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    641 kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    2.86 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level

    -

  • MJME

    -

Farm walk notes:

Milking Once a Day