Kaiwaiwai Dry

System Type: 4
Lower North Island
Last Update:
13 October 2021

DairyNZ Comment:

13 Oct 2021
  • Ryegrass goes through some changes at this time of year. How you manage these effects the quality and quantity of feed for the rest of the season. During October you will start to see stem elongation as the growing points turn reproductive and a seed head will appear in the coming weeks. As seed heads grow: Pasture growth rates increase - the stems contain a lot of dry matter. Growing points stop producing new leaves, but existing leaves live longer. The quality of the pasture falls - stems are less digestible than leaves.

    Keeping a consistent post grazing residual around 1,500 -1600  kgDM/ha will minimise the pasture quality drop. Mowing maybe needed to reset high residuals.

    The second change is the development of daughter tillers. These are already appearing and will replace the reproductive tillers (which will die), producing feed for next year. To help these new tillers survive they need sunlight and nutrients. Avoiding high pre-graze covers and heavy silage crops gives them the best chance of survival and thicker pasture.

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  • Date Collected

    13 Oct 2021

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    52 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2333 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    22 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    93 %

  • MS/cow

    1.77 kgs

  • MS/ha

    5.89* kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    411 kgs

  • Rotation

    25 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    - kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    - su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME


Farm walk notes:

* - 36 hectares (paddocks planted with kale and oats, springers paddock) were deducted from the total farm effective area of 289 hectares