System Type: 4
Last Update:
21 October 2020

DairyNZ Comment:

21 Oct 2020
  • The spring boost to pasture growth is still very much lagging for the entire West Coast. The warm sunny days are dotted few and far between with many a day of cloud or wet and cold showers passing through weekly holding back the spring flush of grass growth. This is also affecting cow condition and cows cycling, with pasture covers lower than typical for this time of year and lower in feed value.

    Manage round length according to growth rates, so the feed wedge can built. As things improve over the next week to 10 days, hopefully pasture growth will better match stock demand and minimise supplements needing to be fed.

    Farmers are still battling the elements trying to get winter crop paddocks worked and regrassed and have pressure on them with time coming soon to remove paddocks from the grazing round for summer crops, followed by spraying out for the next winter crop area.

    Mating is kicking off in the next couple of weeks for most farmers so ensure herds are tail painted or if using mating aids that they are fixed securely. Observing cows on heat in the paddock before gathering them up for milking is a good way to recognise cows on heat to be mated. If Once a Day milking, go out in the later afternoon for half an hour and just observe cow activity, recognising the groups bulling. Record all cows in their bulling groups and observe as these cows will be cows on heat, coming on heat and those more recently mated.

    The relevant industry targets are a 3 week submission rate of 90% and a 6 week In-calf rate of 78%.


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  • Date Collected

    21 Oct 2020

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    42 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2022 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    25 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    94 %

  • MS/cow

    2.18 kgs

  • MS/ha

    5.00 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    244 kgs

  • Rotation

    24 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    - kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    2 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    2.3 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME