Kowhitirangi

Farmwatch
System Type: 2
Region:
Westland
Last Update:
13 October 2021

DairyNZ Comment:

13 Oct 2021
  • It has been a prolonged wet period to say the least. Last week we have seen some sunshine which has surely boosted cover for some. Hopefully the weather is on the turn! If you have damaged some paddocks with repeated grazing in wet conditions, some remedial action may be required. If you think regrassing is the way to go with the worst affected paddocks, think about the impacts of taking them out of rotation. Taking too many out could put you on too quick of a rotation through summer whilst they come into production.

    Assess the damage and options. For example, direct drilling badly pugged paddocks with an annual ryegrass to provide feed in the short term and look at full pasture renewal in autumn or put into a summer crop and then back into permanent pasture. Severely pugged paddocks may require some drainage work. Make sure culverts and drains are clear so that water can get away if it wants to and if the paddock is still wet some form of subsoiling/ripping may be an option. Waterlogged soils don’t tend to produce much grass regardless of the amount of fert you put on.

    The Mawheraiti monitor farm has noticed that they are having to feed their cows more on the wet days. This will keep the girl’s content and reduce walking around the paddock which increases pugging risk. The Kowhitirangi monitor farm is flying fert on to reduce damage to soils from driving the tractor around. There are lots of things we can do to mitigate damage to soils and rectify any problems that have compounded with the wet weather. It’s not a bad place when it’s raining but when the sun is out, there’s no better place to be than the West Coast!

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  • Date Collected

    13 Oct 2021

  • Soil temp

    10.0

  • Growth

    13 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    1830 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    170 mm

  • BCS

    -

  • % in milk

    99 %

  • MS/cow

    2.00 kgs

  • MS/ha

    3.50 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    149 kgs

  • Rotation

    23 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    ** kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    3.50 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    - su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level

    -

  • MJME

    -

Farm walk notes:

** Current N application rate [kg N/ha] = 24