System Type: 3
Last Update:
20 April 2018

DairyNZ Comment:

20 Apr 2018
  • For many, new pastures will almost be ready for their first grazing. The 'pluck test' is a useful tool to see if plants are firmly rooted, so animals won’t pull them out of the ground. The pluck test mimics a cow biting; grasp ryegrass seedling firmly between the thumb and forefinger, then tug in a single, quick movement. If the leaves break off and the roots stay in the ground the new grass is ready for first grazing. The first grazing should be a quick nip off (top 2-3 cm) with young stock or 2-3 hours with grazing cows.

    Always consider the risk of nitrate poisoning especially with new annuals. Before first grazing, it may pay to test a sample; sampling kits are available from your vet. The risk of nitrate poisoning can be reduced by ensuring the cows are not hungry before going onto new pasture; feeding a forage supplement or restricting the herds time on new pasture.  Monitor and if you suspect a nitrate poisoning event remove stock immediately in a quick and quiet manner.

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  • Date Collected

    20 Apr 2018

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    38 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2060 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    35 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    89 # %

  • MS/cow

    1.08 kgs

  • MS/ha

    2.77 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    1046 kgs

  • Rotation

    40 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    - kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    - su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME


Farm walk notes:

# Milking once a day

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